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Communists and Perverts under the Palms: The Johns Committee in Florida, 1956-1965

Stacy Braukman

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813039824
eISBN:
9780813043166
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813039824.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book is about a state legislative committee that originated as a tool of massive resistance in Florida, but, through its investigations of gay and lesbian teachers, indecent literature, and ... More


Margaret Fisher and Her University of South Florida Colleagues: Intellectuals versus Inquisitors

Judith G. Poucher

in State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049939
eISBN:
9780813050393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049939.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter presents the story of Margaret Fisher and her USF colleagues. They defended USF's vision and policies against the Committee's assault on liberal teaching and academic freedom. Fisher ... More


Sig Diettrich: The Geographer Draws the Line

Judith G. Poucher

in State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049939
eISBN:
9780813050393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049939.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Sig Diettrich was caught in the wide net of homophobia cast by the Committee during its investigations at UF. Threatened, coerced, and humiliated by the Committee, he refused to name gay professors, ... More


State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Judith G. Poucher

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049939
eISBN:
9780813050393
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049939.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book uses the stories of five citizens to illustrate the Johns Committee's bigotry and abuse of civil rights and civil liberties, namely its targeting of integrationists, Communists, gays and ... More


Introduction: Where the Sunbelt Meets the Old South

Stacy Braukman

in Communists and Perverts under the Palms: The Johns Committee in Florida, 1956-1965

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813039824
eISBN:
9780813043166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813039824.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Provides an overview of the cultural and political climate in Florida at the time of the Johns Committee's founding.


Charley Johns and Virgil Hawkins: Ambition Realized, Dream Deferred

Judith G. Poucher

in State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049939
eISBN:
9780813050393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049939.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter introduces the Johns Committee's creator, Charley Johns, and its first target, Virgil Hawkins. Their lives intersected when Hawkins’ determination to attend UF Law School collided with ... More


Ruth Perry: The Librarian Raises Her Voice

Judith G. Poucher

in State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049939
eISBN:
9780813050393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049939.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Ruth Perry, a Miami NAACP officer, worked as an activist, journalist, and witness to fight the Committee. She foiled the Johns Committee's Communism strategy, which was to destroy the Florida NAACP ... More


Virgil Hawkins: Pursuit of the Dream Continues

Judith G. Poucher

in State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049939
eISBN:
9780813050393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049939.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter resumes the confrontation between Johns and Hawkins with the latter as the first witness at the Committee's first hearing, which focused on Hawkins’ suit to integrate UF. Hawkins was ... More


G. G. Mock: Surrounded by Fear, Empowered by Love

Judith G. Poucher

in State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049939
eISBN:
9780813050393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049939.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

G. G. Mock was arrested in a local sting operation in Tampa during the Committee's hunt for gay and lesbian teachers. Despite being manacled in the nude and imprisoned, she defied the Johns ... More


Conclusion: Majorities of One

Judith G. Poucher

in State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049939
eISBN:
9780813050393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049939.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter first first examines the Cold War fears that the Johns Committee exploited for nine years and the reasons it flourished in Florida after the height of McCarthyism had passed in the ... More


Selling “The Sunshine State”

Jerry T. Watkins III

in Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780813056913
eISBN:
9780813053684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056913.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In order to capitalize on local particularities, there was no single blueprint for selling Florida. “The Sunshine State” was both a descriptor of the weather and a hint at the imagined possibilities; ... More


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