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Communists and Perverts under the Palms
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Communists and Perverts under the Palms: The Johns Committee in Florida, 1956-1965

Stacy Braukman

Abstract

This book is about a state legislative committee that originated as a tool of massive resistance in Florida, but, through its investigations of gay and lesbian teachers, indecent literature, and liberal professors, became a conservative cultural watchdog and a forerunner in the modern culture wars. The committee's targets illuminate the extent to which national discussions about race, sexuality, education, and communism shaped political concerns on the local and state levels and intersected with the desire to maintain racial segregation beginning in the 1950s. The book also demonstrates that r ... More

Keywords: massive resistance, homosexuality, anti-Communism, civil rights movement, conservatism, decency campaigns, Florida, education, Johns Committee, Florida Legislative Investigation Committee

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813039824
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813039824.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stacy Braukman, author