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Chicago and Detroit Give Police Commissioner the Power to Censor

By April 29, 1907

In a major blow to the movie industry, Chicago, Illinois enacts the first film censorship ordinance. The ordinance empowers the police commissioner to ban films they subjectively deem unfit for viewers. 

Detroit, Michigan follows Chicago’s lead the same year.


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