Uncovering the Civil War

Uncovering the Civil War


Episode 113: Uncovering Pornography During the Civil War, Part I

April 03, 2018

The Civil War coincided with the rise of photography and the ability to mass produce cheap books - which were used to create illicit materials. Soldiers consumed obscene imagery and texts in vast quantities, leading to a public outry about a decline in the country's morality. Our guest Dr. Judith Giesberg, author of "Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality" joins us for a fascinating coversation about smut during the Civil War and the attempts to stop its disemmination.