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Tilley, Carol L. "Children and the Comics: Young readers take on the critics." Protest on the Page. Essays on Print and the Culture of Dissent since 1865. Eds. James L. Baughman, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen and James Danky. The History of Print and Digital Culture. Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2015. 161–80. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Tilley2015
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Keywords: Fandom, Kulturpolitik, USA, Wertham. Fredric
Creators: Baughman, Danky, Ratner-Rosenhagen, Tilley
Publisher: Univ. of Wisconsin Press (Madison)
Collection: Protest on the Page. Essays on Print and the Culture of Dissent since 1865
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Abstract
In the late 1940s and culminating in 1954 with the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent along with televised hearings on comics held by a United States Senate subcommittee, comic books were the most contested form of print culture for young readers. Yet these readers could not get enough of comics, purchasing more than a billion new comic books a year in the early 1950s. This chapter offers a microhistory of young people’s critiques of comics’ critics by analyzing some of the letters they sent in protest to psychiatrist Fredric Wertham and to the United States Senate subcommittee. It situates their ideas within broader social and historical contexts. In doing so, it serves to highlight the intersection of print culture and political geography, both of which are scholarly arenas that tend to neglect youth, especially in ways that allow their unmediated voices and lived experiences to speak for themselves.
  
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