New PDF release: A Cycle of Outrage: America's Reaction to the Juvenile

By James Gilbert

ISBN-10: 0195037219

ISBN-13: 9780195037210

ISBN-10: 0195056418

ISBN-13: 9780195056419

The early life tradition is on everyone's lips at the present time, as pressures construct to prohibit debatable track lyrics, reintroduce university prayer, and restrict young children' entry to contraceptives. it isn't the 1st time americans 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 of yankee kids. Or so it appeared to their mom and dad. American little ones have been having a look and performing like juvenile delinquents. through 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 adolescence. specialists around the land denounced mass tradition as depriving teenagers in their innocence and weakening their mom and dad' carry on them. by way of the top of the last decade, the obsession had ended, even if the particular numbers of teen delinquents had it appears 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 pain echoed in contemporary debates over censorship. The booklet examines how the primary phenomena of the 1950's--the improvement of stripling tradition and the increase of a mass media society--became intertwined and burdened 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 historical past on the college of Maryland. he's the writer of one other likelihood: 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 push of the adolescence tradition and America's reaction to change

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

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

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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. Throughout the period, much of the Los Angeles press blamed gangs of zoot-suiters for the attacks. The area's military leaders took no immediate steps to terminate the riots until June 7, when the Command declared downtown Los Angeles off-limits to military personnel. 14 Thus the zoot-suit riots came to symbolize, in extreme, the problems of wartime delinquency.

13 Did the cartoonist incite the vigilante action in Los Angeles? Certainly among his 50 million weekly readers there were servicemen who participated in the riots. 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.

Crime figures supplied to the committee by the FBI showed a dramatic 34 CYCLE OF OUTRAGE increase in youth-perpetrated crimes. 5 percent. 21 On the other hand, the Children's Bureau offered a very different picture, largely because it collected statistics from Children's Court cases, not arrest records. Bureau statisticians were also interested in why crime figures might seem larger than they actually were. 22 This same point was pressed by the Bureau pamphlet on delinquency published in 1943: We cannot say with certainty whether juvenile delinquency is increasing or decreasing throughout the country as a whole because of the absence of reliable and comprehensive data over a period of years.

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