Who would have believed that "The Adventure ofHuckleberry Finn" could cause the worst crisis in thehistory of George Mason High School? Certainly notBarney Roth, editor of the school paper. But whena small but vocal group of students and parentsdecide that the book is racist, sexist, andimmoral--and should be removed from reading lists and theschool library--Barney takes matters into his ownhands.
When the Huck Finn issuecomes up for a hearing, Barney decides to print hisstory about previous censorship efforts at school.He's sure that investigative reporting andpublicity can help the cause. But is he too late to turnthe tide of censorship?
About the Author
Nat Hentoff is the author of many articles and books about jazz, politics, and education, including "Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee" (1992). His syndicated column, "Sweet Land of Liberty," appears in the "Washington Post" and more than two hundred other newspapers, and he is a weekly contributor to the "Village Voice". He lives in New York City.