Lavender Scare The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government

ISBN-10: 0226401901
ISBN-13: 9780226401904
Edition: 2006
Authors: David K. Johnson
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In Cold War America, Senator Joseph McCarthy enjoyed tremendous support in the fight against what he called atheistic communism. But that support stemmed less from his wild charges about communists than his more substantiated charges that "sex perverts" had infiltrated government agencies. Although now remembered as an attack on suspected disloyalty, McCarthyism introduced "moral values" into the American political arsenal. Warning of a spreading homosexual menace, McCarthy and his Republican allies learned how to win votes. Winner of three book awards, "The Lavender Scare" masterfully" "traces the origins of contemporary sexual politics to Cold War hysteria over national security. Drawing on newly declassified documents and interviews with former government officials, historian David Johnson chronicles how the myth that homosexuals threatened national security determined government policy for decades, ruined thousands of lives, and pushed many to suicide. As Johnson shows, this myth not only outlived McCarthy but, by the 1960s, helped launch a new civil rights struggle. "Fresh scholarship" --"New York Times "

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Panic on the Potomac"
Peurifoy's Revelation: The Politics of the Purges
"This Used to Be a Very Gay City": Lafayette Park and the Sex Crime Panic
"Cookie Pushers in Striped Pants": The Lavender Lads in the State Department
"Fairies and Fair Dealers": The Immoral Bureaucracy
The Hoey Investigation: Searching for a Homosexual Spy
"Let's Clean House": The Eisenhower Security Program
Interrogations and Disappearances: Gay and Lesbian Subculture in 1950s Washington
"Homosexual Citizens": The Mattachine Society of Washington
Epilogue
Notes
Oral History Interviews
Index

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