City Censors: The Notorious Watch and Ward Society
September 28, 2010
The influential and contentious New England Watch and Ward Society acted as Boston’s unofficial moral guardians for over eighty years. These elite watchdogs actively policed the city’s social evils from gambling and prostitution, to obscene books and scandalous theater. Elaborate sting operations, raids, ample arrests, and courtroom battles earned the Society notoriety and Boston a reputation as a prudish and puritanical city. Neil Miller, author and Lecturer in Journalism at Tufts University, traces the evolution of this straitlaced society from its aristocratic reformist roots to its ruthless moral crusades. Book sales and signing to follow.