A Crisis of Innocence

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Medicine Hat Daily News October 27 1948.pdf
Describes a group of 600 students burning over 2000 comic books while being led by a 13 year-old boy. The boy's speech is transcribed.

Security Through Book Burning.pdf
Discusses the anxiety that brings about book burnings. Bolte concludes that book burnings are not helpful, and prevent initiating conversation about complex topics.

Pupils Burn Comic Books.pdf
A story about a mass burning of comic books that took place in Auburn New York. The burning took place following a talk that was held by a reverend that saw children wanting to get rid of their comics.

Our Children.pdf
Discusses the need to burn comics since they should not be in the hands of children.

Horror Comics Go Up In Flames.jpeg
An image of Len Wynne, head of Vancouver's Junior Chamber of Commerce, throwing popular horror comics on to a public "pyre" in Vancouver.

Children Admit They Started Fire.jpg
Outlines an apartment fire that took place in Hamilton. The children, who allegedly started the fire, claim that they were burning their comic books when the fire got out of hand.

Criticize B.C. Plan crop.jpg
Claims that the burning of comic books could actually make children more inclined to read the very books that are being burned.

Comics and TV crop.jpg
Deals with the child's interest in Television as a new medium for storytelling. Discusses the shift from comics (not approved by parents) to TV (a generally approved medium).

Comic Criminals to Burn.pdf
Reports a New Jersey comic book burning, for which local Cub Scouts collected horror comics to be burned. A portable incinerator will be brought in to do the burning.

Children to Net Good Books crop.jpg
Discusses a book burning that took place in Vancouver, in which the children received classic books in return for burning up their crime and horror comics.
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