Name: Censorship of dictionaries

Date:  1951 - 1975 , 1976 - 1984 , 1985 - 1995

Location:  North America



Artist: American Heritage Dictionary and Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Confronting Bodies: different entities including NAACP

Date of Action: Throughout the 1970s and the 1990s

Specific Location: United States

Description of Artwork: The two reference books are complete dictionaries of the English language.

Description of Incident: Throughout the years, the two dictionaries have faced multiple incidences of censorship. Recently, the NAACP requested that the dictionaries change the definition of the word, "nigger."

Results of Incident: Unknown

Source: Long Island Coalition Against Censorship, "Censorship in Schools and Libraries" exhibit

Submitted By: Danielle Biber

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