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As Tucson's ethnic studies program shuts down and books are nixed, here's its reading list

On the heels of Tucson Unified School District shutting down its Mexican American Studies program last week, based on a court ruling, came more news: The subsequent nixing of books on the programs' reading list, many of which reportedly are being boxed up and put away. Most notable among the books banned - and perhaps most mentioned - has been Shakespeare's "The Tempest," along with textbooks such as "Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years" and "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos." The list of books that won't be taught includes a number of other literary works, several by Latino/Chicano and Native American authors.

What books were taught as part of Tucson's Mexican American Studies program? The reading list is not as incendiary as some might think. The American Indians in Children's Literature blog has posted the shuttered program's reading list, taken from an earlier audit of the program. Here are some examples of the literature taught - click on the links below for a complete list:

English/Latino Literature:

Ten Little Indians (2004), by S. Alexie

The Fire Next Time (1990), by J. Baldwin

Loverboys (2008), by A. Castillo

Women Hollering Creek (1992), by S. Cisneros

Mexican WhiteBoy (2008), by M. de la Pena

Drown (1997), by J. Diaz

Woodcuts of Women (2000), by D. Gilb

At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria (1965), by E. Guevara

Color Lines: "Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?" (2003), by E. Martinez

Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy (1998), by R. Montoya et al.

Let Their Spirits Dance (2003) by S. Pope Duarte

Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997), by M. Ruiz

The Tempest (1994), by W. Shakespeare

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993), by R. Takaki

The Devil's Highway (2004), by L. A. Urrea

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