Imperiled innocents [electronic resource] : Anthony Comstock and family reproduction in Victorian America / Nicola Beisel.
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- Course Book
- Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1997.
- Princeton studies in American politics.
Princeton studies in American politics
1 online resource (288 p.)
- Child rearing -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Censorship -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Social mobility -- United States.
United States -- Moral conditions -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1865-1918.
Comstock, Anthony, 1844-1915.
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- Moral reform movements claiming to protect children began to emerge in the United States over a century ago, most notably when Anthony Comstock and his supporters crusaded to restrict the circulation of contraceptive devices, information on the sexual rights of women, and "obscene" art and literature. Much of their rhetoric influences debates on issues surrounding children and sexuality today. In a book filled with Victorian accounts of pregnant girls, prostitutes, abortionists, Free Lovers, and others deemed "immoral," Nicola Beisel argues that rhetoric about the moral corruption of children speaks to an ongoing parental concern: that children will fail to replicate or exceed their parents' social position. In a rare analysis of Anthony Comstock's crusade with the New York and New England Societies for the Suppression of Vice, Beisel examines how the reformer worked on the anxieties of the upper classes. Showing how a moral crusade can bring a society's diffuse anxieties to focus on specific sources, Beisel offers a fresh theoretical approach to moral reform movements.
ONE. Introduction: Family Reproduction, Children's Morals, and Censorship
TWO. The City, Sexuality, and the Suppression of Abortion and Contraception
THREE. Moral Reform and the Protection of Youth
FOUR. Anthony Comstock versus Free Love: Religion, Marriage, and the Victorian Family
FIVE. Immigrants, City Politics, and Censorship in New York and Boston
SIX. Censorious Quakers and the Failure of the Anti-Vice Movement in Philadelphia
SEVEN. Morals versus Art
EIGHT. Conclusion: Focus on the Family
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -268) and index.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9781400822089 doi
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