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This guide will cover the history and recent legislation around book banning and the censorship of history in schools

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Censorship: noun  1. the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security. SENTENCE: "the regulation imposes censorship on all media"

Book banning: a form of censorship, occurs when private individuals, government officials, or organizations remove books from libraries, school reading lists, or bookstore shelves because they object to their content, ideas, or themes. Those advocating a ban complain typically that the book in question contains graphic violence, expresses disrespect for parents and family, is sexually explicit, exalts evil, lacks literary merit, is unsuitable for a particular age group, or includes offensive language.

Critical Race Theorynoun 1. a set of ideas holding that racial bias is inherent in many parts of western society, especially in its legal and social institutions, on the basis of their having been primarily designed for and implemented by white people. Sentence: "I took a class in law school that examined case law through the lens of critical race theory"

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