Shortly after posting yesterday's piece on Banned Books Week, a friend of the Stowe Center sent us the photo below from last weekend's 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The white board encouraged visitors to the National Mall to share their response to "What book do you think shaped the world?" Our favorite banned book made it on to the board! Can you find Uncle Tom's Cabin below?
Notice how many titles written on the board are books that are frequently banned, both historically and today. Is it a coincidence that books that go against what is deemed "acceptable" are often those that create the most change and "shape the world"?
Imagine our country without the texts above. Which book listed do you consider most influential on American or world history? Do you see this board as an inspiration to keep fighting for what you believe in, even when others try to silence your words? When have you felt banned?
(Thanks to Luke Boyd for sharing the photo!)