This book documents Southern gay history and culture during the Cold War/pre-Stonewall era. It provides a rich historical tapestry through the use of personal reminiscences, private letters, subpoenaed testimony and unpublished court and legislative documents, and newspaper stories.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Purging Perverts in Paradise: The 22nd Street Beach, Coupon-Clippers, and the Tongueston Trio 2. Dark Nights of the Soul: Charley Johns and the Chicken Ranch 3. Ferreting Out the Lesbian Menace: The Purple Pamphlet and the Deans of Women 4. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: The City on the Hill Struggles with Civil Rights and Civilities 5. Dawn Arises in Aristocratic Charleston: The Gordon Langley Hall Affair 6. The Blue Fairy and the Making of a New Activist Generation 7. The Mississippi of the Homosexual and the Politics of Dialectics 8. Afterword: A Conversation with Barbara Gittings