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Obscenity On Trial
October 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – October 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
This play explores the Comstock Act of 1873 prohibited the use of U.S. Mail for any “obscene, lewd, lascivious, immoral or indecent” publications. When Dr. Charles W. Malchow wrote a clinical book titled “The Sexual Life,” he intended to alleviate widespread ignorance of sexual functioning, especially among women. When a mailed pamphlet promoting the sale of the book was brought to the attention of the United States Attorney, who had an office in the Landmark Center in Saint Paul, Malchow was prosecuted.