Posts Tagged ‘ seduction of the innocent ’

Teaching Comics and Censorship: The National Archives and the 1954 Senate Subcommittee Hearings

July 26, 2018
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Teaching Comics and Censorship: The National Archives and the 1954 Senate Subcommittee Hearings

“If the mothers of our beloved country would unite to have these pernicious comic books banned I am sure it would be a great step forward in the control of the young, especially the young boys.” – Eugenia Y Genovar, Letter to Senator Hendrickson, November 24, 1953 Teaching Comics and Censorship: The National Archives and the…

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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

April 16, 2018
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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

Last September, Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of CBLDF, was honored with an invitation to speak at the Library of Congress about the history of comics and the role of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in protecting the intellectual freedom of American readers. The talk was part of an ongoing relationship the Library of Congress…

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Matt Baker

February 5, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Matt Baker

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!  In the 1940s and 1950s, Clarence Matthew Baker — best known as Matt Baker — was widely regarded as the master of…

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Censorship 2013: Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

January 1, 2014
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Censorship 2013: Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

Early in 2013, a library sciences researcher at the University of Illinois proved what many of us already thought: Fredric Wertham, the child psychologist behind the anti-comics screed Seduction of the Innocent, fabricated much of his evidence against comics. The discovery brings to light how fallacious pseudoscience is often used by censors to attack comics,…

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