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Slavery By Another Named Banned in Prison

Mark Melvin, an inmate at the Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery, has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections after they would not let him read Douglas A. Blackmon's Slavery by Another Name. Last September, Melvin's copy was confiscated on the grounds that it was "too incendiary" and "too provocative and could potentially stir up racial hatred." Douglas Blackmon addresses the controversy in an interview on George Mason University's History News Network.

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