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By James Gilbert

The adolescence tradition is on everyone's lips this present day, as pressures construct to prohibit debatable music lyrics, reintroduce college prayer, and restrict youngsters' 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 hundreds and hundreds of yankee young children. Or so it appeared to their mom and dad. American children have been having a look and appearing like juvenile delinquents. by way of mid-decade, the kingdom had reached a pitch of close to obsession with the damaging results of movie, radio, comedian books, and tv on American early life. specialists around the land denounced mass tradition as depriving kids in their innocence and weakening their mom and dad' carry on them. through the top of the last decade, the obsession had ended, even supposing the particular numbers of teenybopper 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 examine, James Gilbert sees the try to blame the media as a part of a bigger response of soreness echoed in fresh debates over censorship. The ebook examines how the valuable phenomena of the 1950's--the improvement of adlescent tradition and the increase of a mass media society--became intertwined and careworn and argues that youth ceased to be a possibility as they have been well-known to be a market.

,bout the Author:

James Gilbert is a Professor of background on the college of Maryland. he's the writer of one other probability: the United States After global battle II, between different books.

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

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

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

·"Cultural historical past at its best."--David Nasaw

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This was the parental school movement. Charles J. Hahn, executive secretary of the National Sheriffs'Association, had already put the theory before the Pepper Committee. 29 This assignment of blame received wide publicity in 1945 and after the war as law-enforcement officers and the public called for punishing the parents of delinquents. Something of an experiment along these lines began in San Francisco in 1943, where courts committed parents to delinquency REHEARSAL FOR A CRIME WAVE 37 classes at the San Francisco Parental School when their children were convicted of a crime.

In the short run, public concern and controversy over delinquency revealed with considerable clarity some of the strongest wartime social tensions. But in the long run, this rehearsal for the reaction to changes in behavior and youth culture merely established the plot for what was to come. Juvenile delinquency became an important public issue in late 1942 and 1943 for several reasons. First, evidence suggested that crimes committed by children had increased significantly since December 1941. But just as important, juvenile experts anticipated an increase, and their warnings generated public expectations of a crime wave.

Clark's interest in delinquency and his idea for a national conference apparently came after a trip to the National Training School for Boys in the fall of 1945. " Determined to act, Clark called together a panel of private individuals with expertise in delinquency. When the panel convened in February 1946, it did not yet include representatives of any federal child-serving agencies. 32 When they heard of it, Children's Bureau officials were suspicious of Clark's initiatives. At first they hoped to steer the issue away from the Justice Department.

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