Imperiled Innocents: Anthony Comstock and Family Reproduction in Victorian America

Imperiled Innocents: Anthony Comstock and Family Reproduction in Victorian America

by Nicola Kay Beisel

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691027791
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 01/12/1997
Series: Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives , #59
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nicola Beisel is Associate Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Family Reproduction, Children's Morals, and Censorship3
2The City, Sexuality, and the Suppression of Abortion and Contraception25
3Moral Reform and the Protection of Youth49
4Anthony Comstock versus Free Love: Religion, Marriage, and the Victorian Family76
5Immigrants, City Politics, and Censorship in New York and Boston104
6Censorious Quakers and the Failure of the Anti-Vice Movement in Philadelphia128
7Morals versus Art158
8Conclusion: Focus on the Family199
Notes219
Bibliography255
Index269

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Not only is Imperiled Innocents good sociology and good history, it also addresses timely public issues and is a pleasure to read. This is an exemplary work of historical sociology.
William H. Sewell, Jr., University of Chicago

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