In 1958 Garth Williams wrote and illustrated a book that caused a small uproar: The Rabbits' Wedding. The illustrated picture book, aimed towards children aged 3 to 7, depicted animals in a moonlit forest attending the wedding of a white rabbit to a black rabbit. In 1959, the book became the center of a controversy, with Alabama Senator E. Eddins and Alabama State Library Agency director Emily Wheelock Reed as the key players.Senator Eddins, with the support of the White Citizens' Council and other segregationists, demanded that the book be removed from all Alabama libraries because of its perceived themes of racial integration and interracial marriage. Emily Wheelock Reed reviewed the book and, finding no objectionable content, determined it was her ethical duty to defend the book against an outright ban. A battle ensued between Reed and her supporters, and the segregationist faction in the legislature. In the end, the book was not banned outright, but rather placed on special reserve shelves in the state library agency-run facilities.
Since the controversy, there has been more critical analysis done on the book. Some have noted the obvious logic of illustrating the rabbits with two different colors so the reader might tell them apart more readily.Others, in their quest to depoliticize the book, have claimed a perception of the black and white motif as, perhaps, a reference to yin and yang i. Male and female, though, inconsistently, the color-to-gender associations in the book are reversed. About the controversy, Williams stated, I was completely unaware that animals with white fur, such as white polar bears and white dogs and white rabbits, were considered blood relations of white beings. I was only aware that a white horse next to a black horse looks very picturesque. " Williams said his story was not written for adults, who "will not understand it, because it is only about a soft furry love and has no hidden message of hate. ALL ITEMS ARE PACKED IN A WATERPROOF CUSTOM FITTED BAG, WRAPPED IN 2 LAYERS OF BUBBLE WRAP AND THEN PLACED INTO A CUSTOM FITTED CARDBOARD PACKAGE. PLEASE WAIT FOR THE INVOICE! WE WILL TRY TO PUT UP NEW AUCTIONS EVERY DAY!
The item "FIRST EDITION SIGNED 1960 THE RABBIT'S WEDDING GARTH WILLIAMS BANNED BOOK" is in sale since Sunday, August 16, 2015. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "lastexitbooks" and is located in Long Island City, New York.
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