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a rich historical tapestry through the use of personal reminiscences, private letters, subpoenaed testimony and unpublished court and legislative documents, and newspaper stories.
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