A Crisis of Innocence

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Australian Obscene Publications - April 21 1954.pdf
Continued debate over altering the Police Offences Bill. The House discusses specific clauses, and questions arise over what can be considered "artistic."

Australian Obscene Publications - April 14 1954.pdf
Discussions of morality and distribution. Comic books and other obscene periodicals are consistently viewed as serious threats to the morals of young people.

True Comics #2, pg. 22.jpg
Advertisement and order form for novels directed at boys and girls.

True Comics #2, pg. 23.jpg
Advertisement and order form for novels directed at boys and girls.

Wertham Ladies' Home Journal 1953.pdf
A magazine article written by Wertham. He argues that juvenile delinquency is becoming more prevalent and violent due to the popularity of comics with children.

Cause of Delinquency.pdf
Utilizes the research of two leading psychologists to disprove much of Wertham's arguments about the impact of horror and crime comics on children.

Crime Does Not Pay #63, pg. 24.jpg
Published letters to the editor with short responses. Includes a letter from someone serving time in a juvenile correctional facility.

Alton Evening Telegraph April 21 1955 crop.jpg
Outlining a new ordinance in Alton in which the town is attempting to get rid of comic books that could be harming the children living there.

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.

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.
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