Title

Satanic Panic: Moral Turmoil in the United States, 1960-1999

Lead Author Major

History

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Oral Presentation (Research Day, April 30)

Faculty Mentor Name

Jennifer Helgren

Faculty Mentor Department

History

Abstract/Artist Statement

This research paper is looking at Satanic panic from the 1960's-1990's and moral turmoil in the United States. Satanic panic is a moral panic, where a society experiences a panic fearing their morals are threatened. The purpose is to show the social and cultural impacts, and negative and positive impacts it had on the United States. The research collected for this paper came from online archival resources, digital libraries, history and religion professors at the University of the Pacific, and discussions with a ranking member of a Satanic organization. It answers what fueled satanic panic, which was the popularization of Satanism through prominent satanist Anton LaVey, media coverage, and different art forms. It discusses that anything that went against the conservative culture at the time, like social/political movements or obscene music, were considered Satanic. And it shows that the understanding of Satanism shifted from a practiced religion to the corruption of a “morally correct” nation. The ultimate ramifications of this panic left a divide between those who worry about keeping a “morally correct society” and those who do not fit into that “morally correct” mold.

Location

Yosemite Learning Lab, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Start Date

30-4-2022 1:20 PM

End Date

30-4-2022 1:39 PM

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Apr 30th, 1:20 PM Apr 30th, 1:39 PM

Satanic Panic: Moral Turmoil in the United States, 1960-1999

Yosemite Learning Lab, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

This research paper is looking at Satanic panic from the 1960's-1990's and moral turmoil in the United States. Satanic panic is a moral panic, where a society experiences a panic fearing their morals are threatened. The purpose is to show the social and cultural impacts, and negative and positive impacts it had on the United States. The research collected for this paper came from online archival resources, digital libraries, history and religion professors at the University of the Pacific, and discussions with a ranking member of a Satanic organization. It answers what fueled satanic panic, which was the popularization of Satanism through prominent satanist Anton LaVey, media coverage, and different art forms. It discusses that anything that went against the conservative culture at the time, like social/political movements or obscene music, were considered Satanic. And it shows that the understanding of Satanism shifted from a practiced religion to the corruption of a “morally correct” nation. The ultimate ramifications of this panic left a divide between those who worry about keeping a “morally correct society” and those who do not fit into that “morally correct” mold.