Monday, April 09, 2007


"It was during the progressive era, particularly between 1910 and 1917 that a free-speech movement began to stir as writters and artists in rebellion against genteel culture discovered a common cause with radical dissenters on the left in the battle against censorship. A new generation of young intellectuals, convinced that America's old Puritan hypocracy stood in the way of an honest understanding and full enjoyment of life, sought to open up disscussion of sex, birth control, and other forbidden subject."

This was a very progressive time for censorship, and more liberal thinking which kind of came from one another. Politics and society made it very uncomfortable to discuss topics such as sex, and birth control freely. Then more liberal thinkers began to question the political aspect of censorship with the First Amendment. The spread of ideas was inevitable and no censorship wasg going to stop people from freely utilizing their given rights.


At 10:37 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

An optimistic post. Censorship did endure for many years, especially about sexual content. It continues today in different ways. The use of censorship seems to rise and fall there is not a simple progression in one direction towards greater freedom.

What is the connection between the politics and economics of censorship? What does the free market have to do with all of this?


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