By James Gilbert

ISBN-10: 0195037219

ISBN-13: 9780195037210

ISBN-10: 0195056418

ISBN-13: 9780195056419

The early life tradition is on everyone's lips this present day, as pressures construct to prohibit arguable tune lyrics, reintroduce university prayer, and restrict young children' entry to contraceptives. it is not the 1st time american citizens were outraged over the "seuction of the innocent."

whilst James Dean and Marlon Brando donned their motorbike jackets and followed alienated poses in insurgent with out a reason, East of Eden, and The Wild One, within the 1950's, so did 1000's of yank little ones. Or so it appeared to their mom and dad. American young ones have been having a look and appearing like juvenile delinquents. through mid-decade, the state had reached a pitch of close to obsession with the dangerous results of movie, radio, comedian books, and tv on American formative years. specialists around the land denounced mass tradition as depriving youngsters in their innocence and weakening their mom and dad' carry on them. through the top of the last decade, the obsession had ended, even if the particular numbers of teen delinquents had it sounds as if risen.

A Cycle of concern explores the 1950's debate over the media and juvenile delinquency between mom and dad, pros, and the creators of mass tradition themselves. during this groundbreaking research, James Gilbert sees the try to blame the media as a part of a bigger response of pain echoed in fresh debates over censorship. The publication examines how the significant phenomena of the 1950's--the improvement of teenage tradition and the increase of a mass media society--became intertwined and burdened and argues that youth ceased to be a danger as they have been famous to be a market.

,bout the Author:

James Gilbert is a Professor of historical past on the college of Maryland. he's the writer of one other likelihood: the USA After global warfare II, between different books.

A groundbreaking examine of the '50s obsession with juvenile deliquency

·Sheds new gentle at the upward thrust of the formative years tradition and America's reaction to change

·"A fabulous exploration...He deeply illuminates our realizing of the modern United States."--William M. Tuttle, Jr.

·"Cultural heritage at its best."--David Nasaw

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38 As this short history suggests, the war raised certain public fears about the extent and causes of delinquency, and it just as surely reinforced a more general worry about the American family. There are two fundamental reasons for this. First, the growing sensitivity 40 CYCLE OF OUTRAGE to the misbehavior of youth took place in a general context of heightened attention to young people. It was a part—if a confused part—of the public response to the new teenage culture that emerged during and after World War II.

His efforts were aimed at local delinquency crusades even though FBI figures showed that delinquency was beginning to decline in many areas. The effect was significant as Elisha Hanson, counsel for the Newspaper Publishers' Association, told the American Bar Association in 1948. "31 Clark's greatest impact on the discussion of delinquency came through the 1946 National Conference on the Prevention and Control of Juvenile Delinquency. The National Conference held in November 1946 resembled the Pepper Committee Hearings in several significant ways.

At the end of the year and into 1944, a Senate subcommittee under the chairmanship of Claude Pepper of Florida undertook major hearings into the causes of delinquency. The issue had become national in scope and symbolic of the wartime problems that beset the American family. Part of this attention was undoubtedly stirred up by journalistic sensationalism. When films and journals exaggerated delinquency they became unwitting actors in the dramas of adolescent misbehavior. They discovered and spread new attitudes of youth.

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