Purifying America : women, cultural reform, and pro-censorship activism, 1873-1933 / Alison M. Parker.

By: Parker, Alison M. (Alison Marie), 1965-Material type: TextTextSeries: Women in American history: Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1997Description: xii, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 0252023293 (cloth : acid-free paper); 9780252023293 (cloth : acid-free paper); 0252066251 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 9780252066252 (pbk. : acid-free paper)Subject(s): Women social reformers -- United States -- History | Woman's Christian Temperance Union -- History | Censorship -- United States -- History | Popular culture -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States -- History | United States -- Moral conditions -- History | Censorship History United States | Geschichte 1873-1933 | Popular culture Moral and ethical aspects History United States | United States Moral conditions History | Woman's Christian Temperance Union History | Women social reformers History United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Purifying America.DDC classification: 303.48/4/092273 LOC classification: HQ1419 | .P27 1997Other classification: 15.85 | 15.87 | 17.87 | 17.91 | 18.06 | 7,26
Contents:
Women's activism and alliances : WCTU crusades and the quest for political power -- The suppression of impure literature : impressionable children, protective mothers -- Guardians of public morals" : professional identity and the American Library Association -- Amateur censors and critics : creating an alternative cultural hierarchy -- Mothering the movies : women reformers and popular culture -- The production of "pure" children's literature : the WCTU's young crusader -- Hearts uplifted and minds refreshed : promoting and producing pure culture.
Summary: Debates over censorship often become debates over the influence of culture on society's morals and the perceived need to protect women and children. Purifying America explores the widespread middle-class advocacy of censorship as a popular reform around the turn of the century and provides a historical perspective on contemporary debates over censorship, morality, and pornography that continue to divide women.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-276) and index.

Women's activism and alliances : WCTU crusades and the quest for political power -- The suppression of impure literature : impressionable children, protective mothers -- Guardians of public morals" : professional identity and the American Library Association -- Amateur censors and critics : creating an alternative cultural hierarchy -- Mothering the movies : women reformers and popular culture -- The production of "pure" children's literature : the WCTU's young crusader -- Hearts uplifted and minds refreshed : promoting and producing pure culture.

Debates over censorship often become debates over the influence of culture on society's morals and the perceived need to protect women and children. Purifying America explores the widespread middle-class advocacy of censorship as a popular reform around the turn of the century and provides a historical perspective on contemporary debates over censorship, morality, and pornography that continue to divide women.

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In one of the many excellent notes in this interesting historical study, Sullivan (Illinois Central College) reminds readers that despite "the persistence of the medium and its renaissance in the 1960s, there has been practically no scholarship on American or British broadsides published after about 1870." In another note he mentions that Lawrence Ferlinghetti "expressed concern over the lasting value of topical political poetry." Since there is in fact minimal lasting literary value in the broadsides of the 1960s and 1970s, Sullivan necessarily accents the historical. He opens with chapters on the Black Arts Movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement, but the impressive strengths of his study are his treatment of graphics and his last chapter, "Ginsberg in the Closed Stacks," which reprints "Kral Majales" with its profile drawing of the nude Allen Ginsberg by Robert LaVigne. Sullivan's emphasis on Ginsberg's exploitative use of his reputation following the obscenity trial for Howl returns readers to the key issue, i.e., that broadsides were mainly a cultural phenomenon but that they include some topical political poetry of lasting value. Recommended for colleges and universities with comprehensive collections of contemporary poetry and criticism. All levels. W. J. Martz; Ripon College

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