A Crisis of Innocence

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Bismarck Tribune March 3 1949.jpg
Discusses comic book censorship, and the fact that it is infringing on people's ability to read whatever they want.

Florence Morning News October 17 1948.pdf
Meeting of the City Federation of Women's Clubs. Author urges parents to provide literature with a moral backbone for children.

Anniston Star December 9 1948 crop.pdf
States that in the year 1948 700,000,000 comics were sold. Goes on to present the comic book reading habits of a 14 year-old named David.

Winnipeg Free Press November 5 1948.pdf
Explains that the campaign against comic books taking place in 1948 is similar to the campaigns that were being waged against dime novels in prior years. Reference is made to the fact that juvenile delinquency is linked more readily to larger issues…

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Discusses the first ever comic books award luncheon, in which Dr. William C. Menninger claimed that contrary to what was being said by some psychiatrists, comic books do not cause delinquency.

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Discussion forum put together by the New York Times. There are many points made both for and against the censorship of comic books for children.

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Presents a study in which 62% of American comic books were deemed to be satisfactory reading material for children. Comics were rated according to how objectionable they were.

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Tumpane defends his previous assertion that comic books do not offer anything of use to child readers.

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Psychiatrists cannot agree as to whether or not comic books are causing children to become violent. A majority agree children could be reading better literature, and as such they should visit the library in order to find new, better books to read.

Comic Books, A Teacher's Analysis - Burton.pdf
Burton considers how educators can encourage their students to read books other than comics by utilizing "transition books" that carry similar appeal as comics.
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