Amy Werbel, History of Art, is featured on the podcast So to Speak talking about her new book, Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock. The book looks at the behaviors and complex sexualities of Americans in the Gilded Age and Progressive eras, and a fresh perspective on legal efforts to expand civil liberties before World War I. Werbel’s research tells the story of Anthony Comstock’s censorship of American visual culture and publishes examples of the “obscenities” he suppressed. Lust on Trial illuminates the complex relationship between censorship and cultural change, and offers thought-provoking insight to our nation’s long struggle to live up to the promise of the First Amendment.
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For more information, contact Werbel, (212) 217-4673.