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And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Floridas Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers Karen L. Graves

And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Floridas Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers

Karen L. Graves

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ISBN : 9780252076398
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216 pages
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Focusing on Floridas purge of gay and lesbian teachers from 1956 to 1965, this study explores how the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, commonly known as the Johns Committee, investigated and discharged dozens of teachers on the basis ofMoreFocusing on Floridas purge of gay and lesbian teachers from 1956 to 1965, this study explores how the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, commonly known as the Johns Committee, investigated and discharged dozens of teachers on the basis of sexuality. Karen L. Graves details how teachers were targeted, interrogated, and stripped of their professional credentials, and she examines the extent to which these teachers resisted the invasion of their personal lives. She contrasts the experience of three groups--civil rights activists, gay and lesbian teachers, and University of South Florida personnel--called before the committee and looks at the range of response and resistance to the investigations.Based on archival research conducted on a recently opened series of Investigation Committee records in the State Archives of Florida, this work highlights the importance of sexuality in American and education history and argues that Floridas attempt to govern sexuality in schools implies that educators are distinctly positioned to transform dominant ideology in American society.