Go Tell it on the Mountain

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Artist: James Baldwin

Year: 1950’s-1980’s

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: North America

Subject: Sexual/Gender Orientation, Violence


Confronting Bodies:

Description of Artwork: "So goes the opening paragraph in James Baldwin’s first novel Go Tell it on the Mountain, a book banned twice—once in New York, and once in Virginia—both cases claiming the book dangerously “rife with profanity and explicit sex,” “recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women.”

The Incident: "Banned, Challenged as required reading in Hudson Falls, N.Y. schools (1994). Challenged as a ninth-grade summer reading option in Prince William County, Va. (1988) because the book was "rife with profanity and explicit sex."

Results of Incident: Not provided yet.


Entry by Ultraviolet Archive