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1. Ash, Evan Roberts. Objectionable: The Cincinnati Committee for the Evaluation of Comics and the American Anti-Comics Movement, 1940-1957.

Degree: MA, History, 2019, Miami University

This thesis studies the Cincinnati Committee for the Evaluation of Comics, which operated from 1948 until 1979, but performed its most significant work before 1956. The Cincinnati Committee used a system of criteria developed by a University of Cincinnati psychology professor to rate comic books on cultural, moral, and aesthetic grounds. Through a partnership with Parents’ Magazine, a popular periodical for postwar families, the Cincinnati Committee’s critiques and lists reached an audience of over one million readers. Due to this widespread exposure and perception as a form of effective comic book regulation, congressional investigations of objectionable literature in 1952 and 1954 referenced the committee’s work in their hearings. This project is the first to use the Cincinnati Committee’s own archival materials in service of a historical narrative and argues that rather than being simply one of many localized responses to comic books, the Committee’s work instead decisively shaped the national discussion over kids and comics. This examination of the Cincinnati Committee, which also provides a new history of the American anti-comics movement, helps to provide a path to understanding the Cold War in America by demonstrating its effects on domestic politics and social interactions. Advisors/Committee Members: Norris, Stephen (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: History; comic books; comics; children; cold war; consumption; cultural history; censorship

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APA (6th Edition):

Ash, E. R. (2019). Objectionable: The Cincinnati Committee for the Evaluation of Comics and the American Anti-Comics Movement, 1940-1957. (Masters Thesis). Miami University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=miami1554812440806166

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Ash, Evan Roberts. “Objectionable: The Cincinnati Committee for the Evaluation of Comics and the American Anti-Comics Movement, 1940-1957.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Miami University. Accessed April 22, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=miami1554812440806166.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Ash, Evan Roberts. “Objectionable: The Cincinnati Committee for the Evaluation of Comics and the American Anti-Comics Movement, 1940-1957.” 2019. Web. 22 Apr 2019.

Vancouver:

Ash ER. Objectionable: The Cincinnati Committee for the Evaluation of Comics and the American Anti-Comics Movement, 1940-1957. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Miami University; 2019. [cited 2019 Apr 22]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=miami1554812440806166.

Council of Science Editors:

Ash ER. Objectionable: The Cincinnati Committee for the Evaluation of Comics and the American Anti-Comics Movement, 1940-1957. [Masters Thesis]. Miami University; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=miami1554812440806166

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