It’s November 6th! In the United States that means one thing: it’s Election Day! The day that we, as a county, celebrate the right to vote. Along with this freedom to get to vote, we, at 2 Gliterary Girls, celebrate all that comes with our freedom, including the first amendment, which gives us our freedom to write this blog and to talk about banned books on Tuesdays.
One of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, is known for this quote: “I cannot live without books.” Not only do we completely agree with T.J. in his love for his books, he also shares our view that censoring books is wrong. Actually, he believed that banning books would result in something like Gliterary Girls. Although Jefferson couldn’t have possibly imagined the Internet or blogs for that matter, he did believe that by censoring books, there would be a culture, which fought against the government for the right to read whatever they wished. He felt that censored books would become infamous and therefore gain more attention after being banned then if they had just been left alone in the first place. When a French author was banned in 1814, Jefferson stated, “I am really mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, a fact like this can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too…that a question about the sale of a book can be carried before the civil magistrate.”
Within the times of our founding fathers, many instances occurred which complicated their freedom of speech. Thomas Paine, one of the most influential thinkers of his time, had his books The rights of Man and The Age of Reason banned. Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was also banned.
As James Madison once put it, “A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with power which knowledge gives.” Thank you James! We, at 2 Gliterary Girls, celebrate the idea of finding knowledge and truth in the books that we love. So, in lieu of a specific Banned Book on this Tuesday, we celebrate the books that have been once banned and we can now pick up and read at our own discretion. We believe in freedom of speech and our freedom to read.
See you next Banned Book Tuesday!