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Banned in Kansas

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780826221100
Author(s): Gerald R. Butters
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Dimensions: 156 x 0 x 235 (w x l x h)
Pages: 368

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If you caught a movie in Kansas through much of the past century, you're likely to have seen a different version than did the rest of America. Theda Bara's depictions of wicked sexuality were off-limits, and a film such as the 1932 Scarface showed far too much violence for decent folk-a threat to Protestant culture and to the morals of the general population. In 1915, Kansas became one of only a handful of states to establish its own film censorship board. The Kansas board controlled screen content in the state for more than fifty years, yet little is known about its activities. This first book-length study of state film censorship examines the unique political, social, and economic factors that led to its implementation in Kansas, examining why censorship legislation was enacted, what the attitudes of Kansans were toward censorship, and why it lasted for half a century. Cinema historian Gerald Butters places the Kansas Board of Review's attempts to control screen content in the context of nationwide censorship efforts during the early part of the twentieth century.
He tells how factors such as Progressivism, concern over child rearing, and a supportive press contributed to censorship, and he traces the board's history from the problems posed by the emergence of 'talkies' through changing sexual mores in the 1920s to challenges to its power in the 1950s. In addition to revealing the fine points of film content deemed too sensitive for sc
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