Banned Books 2016 – Al Capone Does My Shirts

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


Challenged on the New York State elementary and middle school reading lists because complainants said the book “perpetuates negative stereotypes by touting the infamous gangster Al Capone.” The two sequels in Choldenko’s “Tales from Alcatraz” novels were also challenged: Al Capone Shines My Shoes and Al Capone Does My Homework. Al Capone was a prisoner at Alcatraz from 1935 to 1939.

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Last updated

July 1, 2016