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Anthony Comstock

(1844—1915)


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(1844–1915),

was head of a YMCA campaign against obscene literature, special agent for the Post Office Department, founder of the Society for Suppression of Vice, and a leader of Boston's Watch and Ward Society. He was the father of the so-called Comstock law (1873) to exclude vicious matter from the mails. In his various campaigns, he caused the arrest of more than 3000 persons and destroyed 50 tons of books, 28,400 pounds of stereotyped plates for printing objectionable books, and nearly 4,000,000 pictures. He wrote several books on immorality in art and literature. Anthony Comstock: Roundsman of the Lord (1927) is a biography by Heywood Broun and Margaret Leech.

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