Fredric Wertham

Psychiatrist, Author

1895 – 1981

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Who was Fredric Wertham?

Fredric Wertham was a German-born American psychiatrist and crusading author who protested the purportedly harmful effects of violent imagery in mass media and comic books on the development of children. His best-known book was Seduction of the Innocent, which purported that comic books are dangerous to children. Wertham's criticisms of comic books helped spark a U.S. Congressional inquiry into the comic book industry and the creation of the Comics Code. He called television "a school for violence", and said "If I should meet an unruly youngster in a dark alley, I prefer it to be one who has not seen Bonnie and Clyde."

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Born
Mar 20, 1895
Munich
Also known as
  • Dr. Fredric Wertham
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of W├╝rzburg
Lived in
  • Munich
  • New York City
Died
Nov 18, 1981
Kempton

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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