A Crisis of Innocence

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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.

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.

McCarthy and Smith - The Much Discussed Comics.pdf
Provides a survey of over 8000 elementary and high school students to determine their reading habits and the appeal of comics.

Case Against Comics.pdf
Muhlen's review of The Seduction of the Innocent. He criticizes the effectiveness of Wertham's book as being a catalyst for change.

Saturday Review The Case Against the Comics.pdf
Reprints John Mason Brown and Al Capp's opening statements from their "America's Town Meeting of the Air" radio session, in which they debate why comics are a problem.

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.

Gazette Mail November 8 1959 crop.jpg
Deals primarily with newspaper comics, and makes reference to the fact that comic book reading can be greatly beneficial for the young reader.

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.

Frank - Some Questions and Answers for Teachers and Parents.pdf
Frank provides brief summaries of the various arguments for and against comic books.

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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