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The lavender scare

the Cold War persecution of gays and lesbians in the federal government

by David K. Johnson

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Published by University of Chicago Press in Chicago, IL .
Written in English


Edition Notes

StatementDavid K. Johnson.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsJK
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 277 p. :
Number of Pages277
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22572594M
ISBN 100226404811

The issue was so frequently discussed on the Senate and House floors that one congressman complained about all the attention given to homosexuals. These comments and his embrace of Communism led to numerous investigations and restrictions being placed on him by the US government. The FLIC was founded in and was not disbanded until The Lavender Scare is a new documentary that explains the genesis of that ban and the man who started the movement to get the ban overturned.

Warren would later serve as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and secure a unanimous decision against school segregation in the landmark case Brown v. InHarry Hay founded the Mattachine Society Founded inthe Mattachine Society was one of the earliest civil rights organizations for homosexuals. Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. These purges were intensified in the early s, and historians estimate that several thousand federal employees were fired on grounds of sexual orientation between the end of World War II and the s. When McCarthy made his unsubstantiated charges, the State Department at first denied that it employed any suspected communists.

The Lavender Scare, on the other hand, was based on nothing but fantasy and a falsehood. No special action is required regarding these talk page notices, other than regular verification using the archive tool instructions below. To many Americans, this visible homosexual subculture seemed to prove their suspicions that the war had loosened puritanical moral codes, broadened sexual mores and certainly represented a viable threat to ideals of puritanical gender roles, heterosexuality, and the nuclear family. Because most neighborhoods were covered by restrictive covenants, special language in the deed of a home specifying that owners and renters must be white, bank financing was not the largest obstacle for black veterans searching for a home. Both groups were thought to recruit to their ranks the psychologically weak or disturbed. The falsehood, though, was one that actually sounded kind of logical.


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Or even a spin on Johnson's subtitle: Persecution of gays and lesbians in the federal government during the Cold War. In fact, the only one of the three Reconstruction Amendments that was permitted to be displayed alongside the hundreds of other documents was the Thirteenth Amendment, which had ended slavery.

Johnson: The election was the first presidential election since the beginning of the Lavender Scare, and issues of gender and sexuality permeated the campaign. Johnson: The politicians behind the Lavender Scare asserted that homosexuals were susceptible to blackmail by enemy agents and so could be coerced into revealing government secrets.

He describes a relaxation of formerly negative attitudes toward homosexuality in the years following World War II and says that the scare of the 50s was not inevitable. See also:. In addition, limits on the types and numbers of weapons member nations could develop might provide an opportunity for rogue states and those who might secretly violate the treaties.

In areas with large Mexican American communities, such as California and Texas, separate public schools were also maintained for Hispanic children. Under mounting pressure to provide specifics, McCarthy stood in the well of the U. Excerpted by permission. For many, Washington, DC, was an immoral town filled with bureaucrats, career-driven women, and men who no longer commanded the respect and obedience of the larger world.

Fewer Americans were willing to be associated with openly racist ideas or organizations following World War II, yet attacks on homosexuals were permissible within mainstream society.

Question: How many gays and lesbian were purged from the federal government? Although it has received far less attention than the Red Scare, more federal government employees lost their jobs during the Lavender Scare A series of internal purges of suspected homosexuals who worked for federal government agencies between and the early s.

But the context of the story suggests that the claim was much more specific. All rights reserved. Thousands or tens of thousands of gays were eventually run out of government jobs, resulting in destroyed careers, broken lives and quite a number of suicides.

Examine the ways that the military and diplomatic concerns about nuclear proliferation affected US culture and society. How else, they reasoned, except through the infiltration of the U.

The Lavender Scare

While some sharing his point of view were deported, Robeson was forbidden to leave the country because when he traveled abroad, he spoke candidly about US race relations.

Even more alarming to most Americans, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg An American couple of Jewish origins, the Rosenbergs were accused of passing on atomic secrets through a family member who was a confessed spy for the Soviet Union.

But it was not untiland the founding of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D. A variation on the blackmail rationale—one expressed in many tabloid journals of the s—held that communists promoted "sex perversion" The lavender scare book American youth as a way to weaken the country and clear the path for a communist takeover.

As ofthere are just over one hundred HBCUs in the United States, all of which admit students of any race, although enrollments in nearly every HBCU outside of the border South continue to have predominantly black student populations.

Her demonstration that it is not an illness led the way to the eventual removal of homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association 's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page.

By bringing to light a virtually unknown moral wrong, a national disgrace, David Johnson's meticulously researched and documented The Lavender Scare does just that. Because the last name of the lead plaintiff in the Kansas case preceded the others alphabetically, the case is known as Brown v.

InHarry Hay founded the Mattachine Society Founded inthe Mattachine Society was one of the earliest civil rights organizations for homosexuals.Jun 06,  · Josh Howard's documentary 'The Lavender Scare' chronicles the aftermath of President Eisenhower's executive order banning gays and lesbians from working for the U.S.

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However, the attempts to rid American society of the “disease” of lesbianism, especially in the government, military, and entertainment industries, actually led to the establishment of a lesbian Author: Jessica Toops.

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Johnson gave the period a name in his book, The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government.

The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government

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