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By Charles Gallaudet Trumbull | Edited by Scott Matthew Dix | Foreword by Allan Carlson, PhD.

One man fought the battle for national purity … and won.

By the 1870’s, a young Anthony Comstock arrived in New York City in the middle of the Second Industrial Revolution. America was changing. As the world’s first billion dollar company was being formed, rural families flocked to the city and immigration exploded. New technologies coupled with metropolitan anonymity enabled the rapid spread of obscenity, contraception, and abortion. Insufficient laws had not caught up to new challenges and Comstock saw how these vices would have a detrimental effect on the family and American culture if not properly checked.

At the age of 28, he made an unconditional surrender of his life to the will of God; he gave up his personal ambitions and took God’s will for himself, no matter what might be the cost. He entered the fight.

He began by making citizen’s arrests and incredibly within a year he found himself in Washington, DC meeting with congressmen and drafting the Postal Act of 1873. The Comstock Act, as it soon came to be known, passed in dramatic fashion during the final hours of the 42nd Congress and Comstock himself was shortly thereafter surprised with an appointment to be its chief enforcer with the newly created office of U.S. Post Office Special Agent. Thus, Comstock embarked on the life work in which he would serve for the next 42 years.

This thrilling and remarkable story tells the account of how Anthony Comstock fought the battle for national purity and won.

“The reappearance of Charles G. Trumbulls’ biography of Anthony Comstock is a most welcome and important event. Dozens of recent volumes, authored by historians and analysts hostile to Comstock’s work, have appeared in the last 25 years. Only a handful have given fair or favorable treatment to this remarkable figure in American history. Editor Scott Matthew Dix does an able job of refitting Trumbull’s book for a 21st Century audience. Christians will only gain ground in the contemporary “Culture Wars” as they recover the comprehensive approach to sexual ethics held by Comstock and his allies. Outlawed! should prove to be an important tool in this new and more hopeful campaign.”  –Allan Carlson, PhD.

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