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Hoover's war on gays : exposing the FBI's "sex deviates" program

Author: Douglas M Charles
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At the FBI, the "Sex Deviates" program covered a lot of ground, literally; at its peak, J. Edgar Hoover's notorious "Sex Deviates" file encompassed nearly 99 cubic feet or more than 330,000 pages of information. In 1977-1978 these files were destroyed--and it would seem that four decades of the FBI's dirty secrets went up in smoke. But in a remarkable feat of investigative research, synthesis, and scholarly
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: J Edgar Hoover
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas M Charles
ISBN: 9780700621194 0700621199
OCLC Number: 909328601
Description: xv, 453 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Was J. Edgar Hoover gay? Does it matter? --
"The victim of a degenerate": the origins of FBI surveillance of gays, 1937 --
"Sex perverts in government service": Second World War gay baiting and the FBI investigations of Sumner Welles, David Walsh, and Philip Faymonville --
"Sex deviates in government service": the lavender scare and the FBI sex deviates program and file --
"Take this crowd on and make them 'put up or shut up'": the FBI; the Mattachine Society; ONE, Inc.; and the Daughters of Bilitis --
"Something uniquely nasty": The FBI; the Mattachine Societies of New York and Washington, DC; Donald Webster Cory; and ECHO --
"It's a thing that you just can't tell": the FBI and the Johnson and Nixon administrations --
"I'm ready to die for the cause!": the FBI confronts Gay Liberation --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Douglas M. Charles.

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Fully exposes the extraordinary invasion of US citizens' privacy perpetrated on a historic scale by an institution tasked with protecting American life. What Hoover's War on Gays reveals is the FBI's  Read more...
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"A significant contribution to the literature on the gay and lesbian movements, on the history of the FBI, and on the political and cultural changes shaping twentieth century US." Athan Theoharis, Read more...

 
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