Comstock, the POD and the Battle Against the Lottery


  • Bates, Anna Louise. Weeder in the Garden of the Lord: Anthony Comstock's Life and Career. New York: University Press of America, 1995.
  • Clotfelter, Charles T. and Cook, J. Philip. Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989.
  • Comstock, Anthony. Frauds Exposed: How the People are Deceived and Robbed, and Youth Corrupted. New York, 1880.
  • Comstock, Anthony. Traps for the Young. Edited by Robert Bremner. New York, 1883.
  • Cushing, Marshall. The History of Our Post Office: The Greatest Government Department in All Its Phases. Boston, 1893.
  • Fowler, Dorothy Ganfield. Unmailable. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1977.
  • Fuller, Wayne E. Morality and the Mail in Nineteenth-Century America. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003.
  • Trumbull, Charles Gallaudet. Anthony Comstock, Fighter: Some Impressions of a Lifetime Adventure in Conflict with the Powers of Evil. New York, 1915.
  • Young Men’s Christian Association of the City of New York. A Memorandum Respecting New-York as a Field for Moral and Christian Effort Among Young Men; Its Present Neglected Condition; and the Fitness of the New-York Young Men’s Christian Association as a Principal Agency for Its Due Cultivation. New York: The Association, 1866.

Additional Reading

The Postmaster General Reports, 1870-1898. The reports from 1874, 1885, 1890, 1893, 1895, and 1898 provide especially pertinent information to the issue of foreign and domestic lotteries and their use of the mails.

The webpage provides newspaper articles concerning the lottery and Anthony Comstock. The Donaldson Chief, the Christian Union, and the Outlook wrote many articles about Comstock’s raids as a Special Agent.

The Smithsonian’s Behind the Badge profile on Anthony Comstock provides a nice companion piece on the background of Anthony Comstock and his crusade against the lotteries