Otherwise, it threatened to "subvert the purity of our Republican institutions" and foment "elements of revolution" that "will crush us in the might and majesty of our fancied security." (82) Foreshadowing the heated campaigns of Anthony Comstock
against "vampire literature" (83) in the late nineteenth century, one New York writer mourned the growing prevalence of what he called "satanic literature": "Got up in cheap form, rendered attractive by meretricious engravings and exaggerated titles, these pernicious books are thrust into almost every accessible place, and are infecting to the core a large portion of the youth of the country." (84)
Turner sensibly turned to the people who are the most obsessed with those subcultures, namely anti-vice crusaders such as Anthony Comstock
. Just as the voluminous report of the Meese Commission offered a virtual treasure trove of pornographic material to the public at government expense, and just as the public fuss of the Clinton-Lewinsky caper brought discussion of oral sex and the sexual uses of cigars to the dinner tables of the American heartland, so Anthony Comstock
's painstaking efforts to combat smut had the effect of elaborately recording the details and preserving the artifacts of underground sexual activity for posterity.
Whether he was denouncing prohibition ("the criminal, in the public eye, is not the boodegger and certainly not his customer, but the enforcement officer"), moral crusader Anthony Comstock
("a good woman, to him, was simply one who was efficiently policed"), or government itself ("in any dispute between a citizen and the government, it is my instinct to side with the citizen"), the overriding theme of the series remained steady: individual liberty vs.
Allen, assistant rector at Phillips Brooks's Trinity Church and the secretary of the New England Society for the Suppression of Vice, a local affiliate of Anthony Comstock
's New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.
are a host of full-named forefathers: Anthony Comstock
, Ulysses S.
Her brazen sexual politics stimulated antipornography laws calling for the regulation of personal as well as public lives and the rise of the repressive Anthony Comstock
would have it, so did Anthony Comstock
. William Sanger had been arrested
Anthony Hopkins has the role of Anthony Comstock
, the moral reformer from the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, who succeeded in having contraceptives labeled "obscene" under postal regulations, thus outlawing their dissemination by mail or across state lines.
His name was Anthony Comstock
, and he was a well-known national figure one hundred years ago.
Fredric Wertham is currently on the same internal chain gang as Anthony Comstock
--using his bare hands to lay down hot asphalt along the Good Intentions Expressway.
, self-appointed protector of public morals in New York, had complained and called the play "reekings." Shaw retaliated by coining the word "Comstockery." Comstock took the case against Mrs.
As strong a tonic as concealment may have been in Greeley's era--according to an 1851 document prepared by the legendary vice hunter Anthony Comstock
, there were more than 6,000 gaming establishments in New York City, at the time--it turns out that when you draw back the curtains, advertise gambling via huge neon cowboys, and put a lottery machine in every grocery store, gambling flourishes even more.