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The Lavender Scare The McCarthy era is generally considered the worst period of political repression in recent American history But while the famous question, Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party resonated in the halls of Congress, security officials were posing another question at least as frequently, ifdiscreetly Information has come to the attention of the Civil Service Commission that you are a homosexual What comment do you care to make Historian David K Johnson here relates the frightening, untold story of how, during the Cold War, homosexuals were considered as dangerous a threat to national security as Communists Charges that the Roosevelt and Truman administrations were havens for homosexuals proved a potent political weapon, sparking a Lavender Scarevehement and long lasting than McCarthy s Red Scare Relying on newly declassified documents, years of research in the records of the National Archives and the FBI, and interviews with former civil servants, Johnson recreates the vibrant gay subculture that flourished in New Deal era Washington and takes us inside the security interrogation rooms where thousands of Americans were questioned about their sex lives The homosexual purges ended promising careers, ruined lives, and pushed many to suicide But, as Johnson also shows, the purges brought victims together to protest their treatment, helping launch a new civil rights struggle The Lavender Scare shatters the myth that homosexuality has only recently become a national political issue, changing the way we think about both the McCarthy era and the origins of the gay rights movement And perhaps just as importantly, this book is a cautionary tale, reminding us of how acts taken by the government in the name of national security during the Cold War resulted in the infringement of the civil liberties of thousands of Americans. Free Download The Lavender Scare [ by ] David K. Johnson [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – sneakerspear.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 312 pages
  • The Lavender Scare
  • David K. Johnson
  • English
  • 10 April 2018
  • 0226401901

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  1. David K Johnson s The Lavender Scare looks at the hidden side of the Red Scare, specifically the efforts by the US government to purge gay and lesbian employees That thousands of bureaucrats and officials saw their careers ruined merely for existing remains a shamefully underreported chapter in American history While Johnson s writing style is occasionally dry and academic, the fascinating content of his book makes up for it Beyond sketching Washington s reputation, somewhat earned but often David K Johnson s The Lavender Scare looks at the hidden side of the Red Scare, specifically the efforts by the US government to purge gay and lesbian employees That thousands of bureaucrats and officials saw their careers ruined merely for existing remains a shamefully underreported chapter in American history While Johnson s writing style is occasionally dry and academic, the fascinating content of his book makes up for it Beyond sketching Washington s reputation, somewhat earned but often exaggerated, as a gay mecca during and immediately after WWII, Johnson demonstrates how easily Red hunters tied sexual perversion with political subversion The excuse that gay and lesbian employees were security risks liable to blackmail, or just plain unreliable or unstable, became a self fulfilling prophecy due to the era s mixture of political paranoia and sexual repression the saga of Lester Hunt, the Wyoming Senator who committed suicide after his son was outed, is merely t...

  2. The Lavender Scare s first two chapters lay out the book s premise and background In the aftermath of Senator Joseph McCarthy s famous declarations about communists in the State Department, department security officer John Peurifoy stated that 91 people had resigned from the State Department while under investigation as security risks, most of whom were homosexual Following this statement, manygovernment employees lost their jobs under suspicions over their sexual conduct as this conduct The Lavender Scare s first two chapters lay out the book s premise and background In the aftermath of Senator Joseph McCarthy s famous declarations about communists in the State Department, department security officer John Peurifoy stated that 91 people had resigned from the State Department while under investigation as security risks, most of whom were homosexual Following this statement, manygovernment employees lost their jobs under suspicions over their sexual conduct as this conduct became an issue of major national concern Central to the ideology of the Lavender Scare was the notion that gays and lesbians could not restrain their sexual urges and that they ...

  3. David K Johnson s, The Lavender Scare The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government examines the cleansing of homosexuals in our nation s capital as a result of McCarthyism in the 1950 s Johnson starts off by painting a picture of Washington D.C that not many, myself included, could imagine considering it s time in history After the second world war, America loosened up We drank , had babies at an unprecedented rate one of which we still haven t seen , and David K Johnson s, The Lavender Scare The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government examines the cleansing of homosexuals in our nation s capital as a result of McCarthyism in the 1950 s Johnson starts off by painting a picture of Washington D.C that not many, myself included, could imagine considering it s time in history After the second world war, America loosened up We drank , had babies at an unprecedented rate one of which we still haven t seen , and becameopen about our sexual needs than ever before It wasn t overly shocking to see two men or two women holding hands at Monument Square or even laying together amongst other things at Lafayette Park There were even large, openly gay bars and nightclubs that both gay and straight people attended Washington, as Johnso...

  4. Excellent account of the persecutions of homosexuals during the 50s and 60s This is not some kind of lurid account, it is a scholarly study of the systematic exclusion of an entire group of people from being able to live a normal life and contribute to society The thousands and thousands who lost ...

  5. A little dry, but a fascinating piece of history that is not widely talked about Definitely worth a read.

  6. A Hidden HistoryThis book relays the hidden history of persecution against American citizens for their personal lives Most don t realize how systematic and pervasive this was.

  7. David Johnson s The Lavender Scare The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government repositions gay and lesbian persecution during the Cold Ware at the center of Cold War hysteria rather than at the margins Johnson brings to the forefront the lavender scare that accompanied the red scare during the Cold War While other histories of the Cold War period have placed the persecution of gays and lesbians as an additional offshoot of the broader McCarthy paranoia, Johnson loc David Johnson s The Lavender Scare The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government repositions gay and lesbian persecution during the Cold Ware at the center of Cold War hysteria rather than at the margins Johnson brings to the forefront the lavender scare that accompanied the red scare during the Cold War While other histories of the Cold War period have placed the persecution of gays and lesbians as an additional offshoot of the broader McCarthy paranoia, Johnson locates the lave...

  8. In The Lavender Scare The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government, David K Johnson constructs a narrative of contestation centered around the employment of and discrimination against homosexual federal employees Johnson s work simultaneously encompasses elements of labor history, social history, gender studies, District of Columbia history, and Cold War history as he seeks to present a full treatment of the gay and lesbian community s decades long struggle for not In The Lavender Scare The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government, David K Johnson constructs a narrative of contestation centered around the employment of and discrimination against homosexual federal employees Johnson s work simultaneously encompasses elements of labor history, social history, gender studies, District of Columbia history, and Cold War history as he seeks to present a full treatment of the gay and lesbian community s decades long struggle for not merely equal opportunity in federal employment, but equal opportunity for respect as workers and freedom from suspicion of...

  9. Johnson examines the purge of gay men and women employed by the federal government during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s He contends that homosexuality the moral corruption was perceived as a greater security risk than communism and thatattention went to removing gay men and women from their jobs than removing communist sympathizers Moreover, he contends that this persecution inadvertently strengthened the ties between the gay and lesbian communities in Washington DC and led participant Johnson examines the purge of gay men and women employed by the federal government during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s He contends that homosexuality the moral corruption was perceived as a greater security risk than communism and thatattention went to removing gay men and women from their jobs than removing communist sympathizers Moreover, he contends that this persecution inadvertently strengthened the ties between the gay and lesbian communities in Washington DC and led participants in these communities toopenly contest their treatment and organize resistance to it, eventually resulting in a legal ruling banning such discrimination in federal employment practices The book is a solid work of gay and lesbian history, and does an excellent job interrogating the relationship between cultural understandings of sexuality in the Cold War and the actions of politicians Overall it is a book focused on actual people and their actions rather than a work focused on the cultural meanings of representa...