Comstock, Anthony (1844-1915)

What is Comstock, Anthony (1844-1915)?

Comstock, Anthony (1844-1915) meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

An American reformer with a high school education who in 1873, after serving in the Union army during the Civil War, founded the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and devoted the rest of his life to waging an aggressive crusade against pornography, abortion, gambling, swindling, medical quackery, and other activities he considered morally offensive. Comstock used his influence to persuade Congress to pass what became known as the “Comstock laws” empowering the U.S. Postal Service to exclude from the mail books and other publications that he considered indecent or obscene, including information about contraception. After Comstock publicly attacked the first American production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Mrs. Warren’s Profession, the British playwright dubbed his rigid views and repressive methods “comstockery,” turning his name into a public symbol of censorship based on prudery. Click here to see a portrait photograph Anthony Comstock, courtesy of Wikipedia.


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