Perverts by Official Order: The Campaign Against Homosexuals by the United States Navy, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Perverts by Official Order

The Campaign Against Homosexuals by the United States Navy, 1st Edition

By Lawrence Murphy


354 pages

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This candid book documents for the first time the U.S. Navy’s use of entrapment in pursuit of homosexuals in and around Newport, Rhode Island, during the early twentieth century. This most extensive systematic persecution of gays in American history occurred with the approval of Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels and Assistant Secretary Franklin Roosevelt, as dozens of sailors were ordered to identify and even seduce gay men in order to report their names to the authorities. Noted historian Lawrence Murphy reveals the details of this sordid campaign that ultimately generated a national scandal and first raised issues of gay rights and governmental persecution of homosexuals.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • “Half the World Is Queer”
  • Cleaning Up the Navy
  • Navy Justice
  • Section A., O.A.S.N.
  • On Trial in Newport and Washington
  • The United States Versus Samuel Neal Kent
  • A National Gay Scandal
  • Defending the Right of Petition
  • Rhode Island Versus the U.S. Navy
  • Section A on Trial
  • Defending the U.S. Navy
  • Before the Senate of the United States
  • Legacies
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies