Article Title

No book banned in this class: In a course on the First Amendment, Dallas High School students study works that have been censored or restricted


Bill Graves


The Oregonian (Portland)



Challenged Material

The color purple by Alice Walker, Do or die by Leon Bing, Clan of the cave bear by Jean Auel, The Bible, The giver by Lois Lowry; Mommie laid an egg, or where do babies come from? By Babette Cole, Whoomp! (there it is) by Tag Team, Sorcerer's scrapbook by Michael Berenstain

Reading Level

young adult, adult


Dallas, Portland, Hillsboro, Eagle Point


Multnomah County Library, Hillsboro Public Library, Glenn D. Hale Elementary


Some retained, some removed

Photo Caption

Student A.J. Fromherz (left) raises a point with teacher Keith Ussery (standing) during a group discussion about book censorship at Dallas High School. Also in the group are Dan Martin (center) and Jimmy Schleicher (right). Students are reading banned books this week in Ussery's class.


Students at Dallas High School examined banned and challenged books and censorship in a class about the First Amendment. The class, which has been popular with students but also has the potential to stir controversy in this conservative town, asks students to develop their own opinions on literature and basic freedoms. The article also reviews challenges to materials in Oregon from July 1, 1994 to June 30, 1995.


free speech, intellectual freedom, Keith Ussery, obscenity, Banned Books Week, freedom of religion, religious view, offensive language

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