Pornography and Sexual Representation: A Reference Guide - Vol. 1

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Chronology of Important Dates in the History of American Pornography
1656In Boston, a Captain Kemble, home from a long voyage, is sentenced to the stocks for publicly kissing his wife on a Sunday.
1690The very first issue of the very first colonial newspaper, Publick Occurrences, published by Benjamin Harris in Boston, is immediately suppressed by the Massachusetts Bay Colony because of a story about the scandalous behavior of the French king, accused of sleeping with his son's wife.
1712Massachusetts passes law against obscene writing and pictures.
1724Tenth edition of the European journal Onania is reprinted on a domestic press in Boston.
1744Jonathan Edwards in Northampton, Massachusetts, reprimands young men for reading “Aristotle's” sex guides (Masterpiece, Compleat Midwife, Problems), popular quasi-medical texts reprinted by various American presses.
1745Benjamin Franklin writes Advice to a Young Man.
1780sAdvertisements for imported erotic novels appear in New York and Massachusetts newspapers.
1791Adoption of the Bill of Rights, whose ten amendments to the Constitution begin with the right of free speech.

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