Sexual Liberation or Sexual License?: The American Revolt Against Victorianism

Overview

In a lively and engaging narrative analysis, Sexual Liberation or Sexual License? explores this great and continuing cultural conflict in the full context of Americans' ambiguous dialogue with their Victorian legacy. The twentieth-century revolt dared to promise liberation without commitment. Whether it has delivered is still open to question.
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Overview

In a lively and engaging narrative analysis, Sexual Liberation or Sexual License? explores this great and continuing cultural conflict in the full context of Americans' ambiguous dialogue with their Victorian legacy. The twentieth-century revolt dared to promise liberation without commitment. Whether it has delivered is still open to question.
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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Times
Engaging.
— Colin Walters
Choice
Provocative and well written.
— A.O. Edmonds
CHOICE
Provocative and well written.
— A.O. Edmonds
Washington Times
Engaging.
— Colin Walters
Colin Walters
Engaging.
Washington Times
A.O. Edmonds
Provocative and well written.
Choice
Kirkus Reviews
An unfortunately dull and banal history of American sexuality from the Victorian era to the dawn of the 21st century.
CHOICE - A.O. Edmonds
Provocative and well written.
John C. Burnham
At last—an incisive and authoritative narrative history of sexuality in modern America.
The Washington Times - Colin Walters
Engaging.
William L. O'Neill
A brave and highly readable study that deserves the widest possible audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566633062
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: American Ways Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,161,473
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin White has taught history and American studies at the Ohio State University and now teaches at the University of Sussex. He has also written The First Sexual Revolution.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Victorian America 3
2 Bohemia, the War, and Birth Control, 1910-1920 27
3 Flappers and Philosophers: The 1920s 54
4 From Depression to War 82
5 A Return to Victorianism? 105
6 The Sexual Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s 134
7 "When the Hangover Strikes": Sexual Morality at the Turn of the Century 183
A Note on Sources 209
Index 221
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