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Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966 Hardcover – August 11, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (August 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826217494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826217493
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,618,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I believe that Banned in Kansas will (and should) become a classic in the field of the social history of the motion picture in America. This book makes a very significant contribution and fills a very large void in our understanding of the forces behind the issue of social control of this important medium in the twentieth century.”—Garth Jowett, author of Film: The Democratic Art

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Gerald R. Butters, Jr., is Dean of General Education and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Aurora University and author of Black Manhood on the Silent Screen. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Gerald R. Butters, Jr. (Associate Professor of History at Aurora University) presents Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship 1915-1966. In 1915, Kansas was one of a handful of states that established its own film censorship board. From limiting depictions of sexuality to censoring violence in the 1932 classic "Scarface", the Kansas board controlled what the state's population saw on the silver screen for over fifty years. Banned in Kansas explores the political, social, and economic factors that led to the policy of movie censorship in Kansas, the attitudes of ordinary Kansas citizens toward the censorship, and why censorship continued for so many decades. Banned in Kansas also scrutinizes the daily operations of the film censorship board, and the complexities it encountered with regard to shifting definitions of cultural morality, as well as vagaries of political and legal systems. Black-and-white stills from censored movies illustrate this informed and informative contribution to American cinema history.
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