Banned Book of the Day: Go Tell It On The Mountain

In this second segment of Banned Book of the day, the spotlight falls on James Baldwin’s novel Go Tell It On The Mountain.


Published in 1953 the semi-autobiographical novel, examines the role of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans from two different viewpoints. The first being the view of the Christian Church as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy and the second being the church as a source of inspiration and community. The book also examines racism in the United States in a more subtle context.

In 1998, Go Tell It on the Mountain ranked 39th on the Modern Library’s list of the  100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.[1]

Why was the book challenged/banned?

It was censored in the U.S. because of the recurring themes of sex, profanity and violence.



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