#TBT: Famous Moments On the Wrong Side of History

One day we will laugh at the freak out over marriage equality. After all, the zipper frightened people to death at one time, too. Here are some historic lows of paranoid impediments to progress.

BY Christopher Harrity

July 31 2014 4:00 AM ET

Above left: An early hardcover edition. Above right: Michelle Williams can't put the book down, even on the red carpet.

The Catcher in the Rye: Banned and Beloved
The Catcher In the Rye is still one of the most popular books ever written, reaching the New York Times best-seller list in the first two weeks after publication. But that didn't keep it off the censors' lists. The American Library Association maintains it is still a favorite with censors. Even 10 years after its 1951 publication, teachers were losing their jobs for assigning their students to read the book. A community in Columbus Ohio deemed the book "antiwhite." When author J.D. Salinger died in 2010, sales of his book charted over half a million.

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