Books Behind Bars. The Rhode Island Commission to Encourage Morality in Youth, 1956-1964. Nice Happy Family. Working women in WWII and “Baby Boom” during and after war created an increasingly family and child centered culture.
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The Rhode Island Commission to Encourage Morality in Youth, 1956-1964
Opposition from local newspaper and individuals concerned with free speech
Lack of cooperation from subsequent government administrations
Changes in obscenity laws and legal decisions nationwide
Disagreements over tactics within Commission
Problems/weakness in implementation of “positive” programs to encourage youth
Lack of focus and refusal to curb ‘blacklisting’ programThe Little Death
No substantial work has been done on the history of the Commission
Secondary work consisted of background on censorship and Cold War culture
Employed the use of available Commission records from R.I. state archives
Relevant local newspaper articles spanning nine years of Commission’s existence.Peep Show