Censorship: 1939

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Cover art for the first edition of The Grapes of WrathCover art for the first edition of The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck’s best-selling novel The Grapes of Wrath is censored by officials in Kern County – the very region that he wrote about. Only after a fight led by civil libertarians, trade unionists, clergy and the local librarian was the book restored to the library shelves. 

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