Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On October 25

On this day in ...
... 1938, at a Biloxi, Mississippi, meeting of the National Council of Catholic Women, the Most Reverend Francis J.L. Beckman, Archbishop of Dubuque, railed against the "evil forces" harming America's youth -- among them, swing dancing like that in the 1930s video above. As stated in a dispatch printed in The New York Times, the Iowa prelate declared:

We permit, if not freely indorse by our criminal negligence, 'jam sessions,' 'jitter-bugs,' and cannibalistic rhythmic orgies to occupy a place in our social scheme of things, wooing our youth along the primrose path to hell!

Also speaking was the archbishop of New Orleans, who "warned his listeners to 'watch the new tactics of the birth controllers, especially the maternity guilds.'"

(Prior October 25 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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