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By James Gilbert

The adolescence tradition is on everyone's lips this day, as pressures construct to prohibit arguable tune lyrics, reintroduce institution prayer, and restrict childrens' entry to contraceptives. it is not the 1st time americans were outraged over the "seuction of the innocent."

whilst James Dean and Marlon Brando donned their bike jackets and followed alienated poses in insurgent with out a reason, East of Eden, and The Wild One, within the 1950's, so did hundreds of thousands of yank kids. Or so it appeared to their mom and dad. American young children have been taking a look and appearing like juvenile delinquents. by means of mid-decade, the country had reached a pitch of close to obsession with the dangerous results of movie, radio, comedian books, and tv on American adolescence. specialists around the land denounced mass tradition as depriving youngsters in their innocence and weakening their mom and dad' carry on them. through the tip of the last decade, the obsession had ended, even if the particular numbers of teenybopper delinquents had it appears risen.

A Cycle of shock explores the 1950's debate over the media and juvenile delinquency between mom and dad, execs, 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 contemporary debates over censorship. The e-book examines how the imperative phenomena of the 1950's--the improvement of stripling tradition and the increase of a mass media society--became intertwined and pressured and argues that children ceased to be a possibility as they have been famous to be a market.

,bout the Author:

James Gilbert is a Professor of historical past on the collage of Maryland. he's the writer of one other likelihood: the United States After international conflict II, between different books.

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

·Sheds new mild at the upward thrust of the early life tradition and America's reaction to change

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

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

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These faces belonged to the inhabitants of the junkyard. They quickly adopted her into their informal little society. "1 This society of wild children lived lives that were pitched and tossed by waves of social change stirred up by World War II. They were victims of change, and they represented a problem that deeply worried a great many Americans. They provided a distressing image of the effects of war which deeply touched law enforcers, government agencies, and the concerned public. They typified the abyss of casual relationships and the growing delinquent 24 REHEARSAL FOR A CRIME WAVE 25 subculture that threatened the lives of children who lived more and more independently of adult supervision.

Absent working mothers in particular were named a major component in increased delinquency. Inevitably, some of the agitation against delinquency took aim through this issue at working women. This was particularly true in 1943, when it became apparent how many new women workers were entering the labor force. And after the war the same crusade against delinquency continued to tinge the campaign urging women back into the home. It was, in other words, one element in the postwar disciplining of the family.

In fact, the committee devoted about a quarter of its time to this problem. Their attention inevitably focused national opinion on delinquency. And just as surely, testimony before the committee revealed that delinquency was a phenomenon whose interpretations trailed complex fears about the impact of war and social change on children. Like hearings that would be held later in the 1950s, there were no conclusive results other than the effect on opinion. Senators found the issues too complex, the facts and figures too contradictory, and the advice too diverse to settle upon any action.

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