And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida's Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers

And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida's Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers

by Karen L. Graves
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252076397

ISBN-13: 9780252076398

Pub. Date: 06/03/2009

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida's Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers is a history of state oppression of gay and lesbian citizens during the Cold War and the dynamic set of responses it ignited. Focusing on Florida's purge of gay and lesbian teachers from 1956 to 1965, this study explores how the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, Commonly

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And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida's Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers is a history of state oppression of gay and lesbian citizens during the Cold War and the dynamic set of responses it ignited. Focusing on Florida's purge of gay and lesbian teachers from 1956 to 1965, this study explores how the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, Commonly known as the Johns Committee, investigated and discharged dozens of teachers on the basis of sexuality.

Karen L. Graves details how teachers were targeted, interrogated, and stripped of their professional credentials, and she examines the extent to which these teachers resisted the invasion of their personal lives. She contrasts the experience of three groups-civil rights activists, gay and lesbian teachers, and University of South Florida personnel-called before the committee and looks at the range of response and resistance to the investigations. Based on archival research conducted on a recently opened series of Investigation Committee records in the State Archives of Florida, this work highlights the importance of sexuality in American and education history and argues that Florida's attempt to govern sexuality in schools implies that educators are distrinctly positioned to transform dominant ideology in American society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076398
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/03/2009
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
968,090
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xix

1 Politics of Intimidation in the Sunshine State 1

2 A Stealth Investigation 20

3 Silence Will not Protect You 50

4 Doing the Public's Business 98

5 A Profession at Risk 120

Conclusion 145

Notes 149

Index 181

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