A Crisis of Innocence

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Bridgeport Telegram October 17 1954 crop.jpg
Looks at how crime and horror comic books are effecting youth. It focuses on parents' anger towards the medium, as well as increased levels of juvenile delinquency from children who read comic books weekly.

Salina Journal October 10 1954 crop.pdf
Explores the public's growing support of taking horror comics off the shelves. The image accompanying the article features the wide eyes of a child reader mirroring the eyes of the victim on the cover of the horror comic, highlighting the boy's…

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Discusses the function of reading in the lives of children who are becoming literate. The image accompanying this text features a young girl looking stereotypically innocent while reading.

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Discusses comic book censorship, and the fact that it is infringing on people's ability to read whatever they want.

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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