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State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Judith G. Poucher


This book uses the stories of five citizens to illustrate the Johns Committee's bigotry and abuse of civil rights and civil liberties, namely its targeting of integrationists, Communists, gays and lesbians, and liberal teachers in Florida from 1956 to 1965. This account of Florida's “little McCarthyism,” beginning with the Committee's creator, Charley Johns, explores the context within which the Committee was formed; examines the background of its first target, Virgil Hawkins; and describes the Committee's strategy. The book moves on to tell the story of Hawkins’ defiance of the Committee th ... More

Keywords: Johns Committee, NAACP, Communism, Gays and lesbians, Liberal teachers, University of Florida, University of South Florida, McCarthyism, Civil rights, Defiance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813049939
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith G. Poucher, author