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  • Writer's pictureMichael Quebec

Juvenile Delinquents of the 1950s For The Film Reel and For Real! by Michael Quebec

For fans of iconic 1950s teen movies such as "Rebel Without A Cause," "West Side Story," or "Blackboard Jungle," and are curious as to their real-life counterparts, the actual "juvenile-delinquents" of the 1950s, this five page presentation gives us a brief glimpse into the actual history.


Click on each photo in the gallery and use your touchscreen on your device to expand the photo for complete reading of the captions and text.


*Note: This is the first, "official," free educational work that is a part of our new, non-profit, 501(C)(3), educational organization, Atomic Youth: Post War Youth Culture History, ID# 93-3779030. (More information after the presentation!)



Page 1 image source:  "The Black Leather Barbarians."
Page 1 image source: "The Black Leather Barbarians."

Page 2 image source:  "Rockerama," Associated Press photo, 1959.
Page 2 image source: "Rockerama," Associated Press photo, 1959.

Page 3 image sources:  Alamy, Newspapers.com.
Page 3 image sources: Alamy, Newspapers.com.

Page 4 image sources:  "Dick Clark's American Bandstand," "The Jury Is Still Out."
Page 4 image sources: "Dick Clark's American Bandstand," "The Jury Is Still Out."


Page 5 image sources:  "The Young Savages" (souvenir film program, Danish language.)
Page 5 image sources: "The Young Savages" (souvenir film program, Danish language.)


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Bibliography:

Alvin Palmer murder trial:

"Chicago: A Biography" by Dominic A. Pacyga (pages 305-307.)

Farragut Career Academy high school yearbook 1955.

Chicago Daily Tribune "15 Held For Teen Murder," dated March 15, 1957.


1957 Chicago Youth Rally:

Casper Tribune Herald dated May 1, 1957.

Life magazine dated May 20, 1957.

Mendell Catholic High School Yearbook 1957.

3rd Annual Chicago Youth Rally Souvenir Program.


Background on 1950s New York youth gangs:

“Reaching The Fighting Gang” by The New York City Youth Board.

“Street Gangs:  Yesterday and Today” by James Haskins.

"Conversations With The Capeman" by Richard Jacoby.

New York magazine, November 10, 1997, “The Murders And The Musical” by Mike McAlary.

“They Talked To A Stranger” by Len O’Connor.

“Brooklyn Street Fighter:  Growing Up, East New York, Surviving The War Zone” by Richard G. Quarantello

“All The Way Down:  The Violent Underworld Of Street Gangs” by Vincent Riccio and Bill Slocum

“Sins of Their Fathers” by Marjorie Rittwagen.

“The Shook Up Generation” by Harrison Salisbury.

"Vampires, Dragons, and Egyptian Kings:  Youth Gangs In Postwar New York" by Eric C. Schneider.

"Brooklyn Rumble:  Mau Maus, Sand Street Angels, and The End of An Era" by David Van Pelt.

“Island In The City:  Puerto Ricans In New York” by Dan Wakefield.

"The Violent Gang" by Lewis Yablonsky.

Correspondence with Ed Bielcik on personal recollections with The Sinners and Lower East Side youth gangs.

Theresa Gee shooting, United States ex Rel. Cruz v. LaVallee, https://casetext.com/case/united-states-ex-rel-cruz-v-lavallee


Background on 1950s San Francisco youth gang culture:

Parole record of Robert Ranson, courtesy of The California Archive.

Look magazine, January 27, 1953, “Teen-Age Killers” by Dan Fowler.

News articles, dated March 31, 1952 San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.


Interviews with Phil Ward (witness at the Ranson shooting), and William Miller, Ben Choate, Gary Jensen, Mark Zannini, and Patrick Coonen.

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