Purifying America : Women, Cultural Reform, and Pro-Censorship activism, 1873-1933


Purifying America : Women, Cultural Reform, and Pro-Censorship activism, 1873-1933



By Alison M. Parker [College at Brockport faculty member].

"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. 'Makes significant contributions not only to our knowledge of the WCTU and of pro-censorship activism, but more broadly to our understanding of progressivism and of cultural dynamics of gender and class as they intersected with reform efforts in the sixty years surrounding the turn of the twentieth century' - Nancy K. Bristow, H-Net Reviews.



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Publication Information

Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c 1997.

xii, 286 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Series: Women in American history


United States History | Women's History




Located in Drake Library at: HQ1419 P27 1997

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