Posted on May 22, 2020 at 8:15 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The five classics pulled from an Alaskan school district’s curriculum have been reinstated, thanks to public pushback.

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board — which oversees forty-six schools — voted Wednesday to cancel its previous decision to remove these five books from the high school curriculum:

  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou.

  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller.

  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison. 

  • The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien.

The decision in April inspired a number of protests, from businesses offering incentives if the students still read the books (which were not removed from school libraries) to famous bands offering to purchase copies of them for any student.

You can read more about the meeting in which the removal was reversed on CNN.

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