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From the Publisher"A good and workman-like book. . . . [Provides] a solid foundation for future studies of sex, class, race, and politics in Virginia and the rest of the modern South."
"[A] well-researched look at certain aspects of the attempted regulation of sexual life in Virginia from 1922 through World War II. . . . Draws out matters of concern that do not stop at the state's borders . . . contribute[s] to our understanding of the decades treated."
— American Historical Review
"Holloway does an impressive job of demonstrating the relevance of sexual regulation to maintaining existing power relations. . . . She offers a compelling portrait of how a seemingly progressive agenda of public health and economic development in fact contributed to maintaining an older order of exclusion."
— Virginia Magazine
"Zealously illuminates the many ways in which white elite men used racial myths and gendered biases to reinforce class hierarchies in Virginia."
— Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Deeply researched. . . . Recommended."