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By James Gilbert

The formative years tradition is on everyone's lips this day, as pressures construct to prohibit debatable music lyrics, reintroduce college prayer, and restrict youngsters' entry to contraceptives. it is not the 1st time americans were outraged over the "seuction of the innocent."

while James Dean and Marlon Brando donned their bike jackets and followed alienated poses in insurgent with no reason, East of Eden, and The Wild One, within the 1950's, so did hundreds and hundreds of yank childrens. Or so it looked as if it would their mom and dad. American young ones have been having a look and performing like juvenile delinquents. by way of mid-decade, the kingdom had reached a pitch of close to obsession with the dangerous results of movie, radio, comedian books, and tv on American early life. specialists around the land denounced mass tradition as depriving teens 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 youth delinquents had it seems that risen.

A Cycle of shock 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 learn, James Gilbert sees the try to blame the media as a part of a bigger response of ache echoed in contemporary debates over censorship. The booklet examines how the principal phenomena of the 1950's--the improvement of sweet sixteen tradition and the increase of a mass media society--became intertwined and burdened and argues that youngsters ceased to be a hazard as they have been famous to be a market.

,bout the Author:

James Gilbert is a Professor of heritage on the collage of Maryland. he's the writer of one other likelihood: the US After global warfare II, between different books.

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

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

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

·"Cultural historical past 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.

But Capp did not invent the hostility between Mexican-Americans and soldiers and sailors. In fact he probably only reflected a national distaste for the defiant clothing style of the zoot suiters and a prejudice that linked delinquent behavior to certain ethnic groups. When off-duty servicemen poured into East Los Angeles in June, they attacked every young man they found wearing a zoot suit. They generally stripped off the offending garments and then cropped his long hair. But there were also more serious incidents, for in ten days of fighting more than one hundred persons were treated for injury.

On January 18, 1947, the steering group of the Committee met to decide its purposes. Henry Monsky of B'nai B'rith was elected permanent chairman. Other steering group members included representatives from the Federated Women's Clubs, the Girl Scouts, and a variety of other service organizations that contributed funds to the original conference and sustaining grants to the Continuing Committee. Katherine Lenroot also attended. A brief effort was made to include a teenage representative, but this proved to be too difficult.

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