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

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

byKaren L. Graves

Paperback | June 3, 2009

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Focusing on Florida's 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 Florida's attempt to govern sexuality in schools implies that educators are distinctly positioned to transform dominant ideology in American society.

Karen L. Graves is an associate professor of education at Denison University and the coeditor of Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship.
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Title:And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Floridas Purge of Gay and Lesbian TeachersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:June 3, 2009Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

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"Important not only to scholars of sexual orientations but also to those who study the civil rights movement and issues related to academic freedom."--H-Florida