Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

List of Figures

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

This book would not have been possible without the support of many people, to whom I owe an enormous debt of gratitude. My editor, Meredith Morris-Babb at the University Press of Florida, belongs at the top of the list, thanks to her endless patience and unwavering belief in the project. The librarians...

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Introduction: Where the Sunbelt Meets the Old South

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pp. 1-15

In 2002 in the pages of the New York Times, the poet Campbell McGrath asked of Florida, “Why here? Why psychopaths and terrorists, upside down elections and general weirdness? Is it the unrootedness of people, the extraordinariness...

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1. The NAACP and the Origins of the Johns Committee, 1956

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pp. 16-40

In 1956, the Florida legislature established an investigating committee charged with identifying legal infractions by the NAACP. Florida joined other southern states that were creating sovereignty commissions, education commissions, and committees on...

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2. Racial and Sexual Perversion, 1957–1958

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pp. 41-86

The Florida Legislative Investigation Committee’s first full two-year term began in the spring of 1957. FLIC members spent this time, as did many other southern state committees, dedicated to forestalling integration by harassing the NAACP. Under the chairmanship of Charley Johns, the FLIC aggressively subpoenaed...

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3. Surveillance and Exposure, 1959–1960

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pp. 87-120

The Johns Committee began 1959 as it had ended the previous year, with secret hotel room interrogations and men’s room stakeouts on the University of Florida campus and around Gainesville. By the spring, the university had removed more than a dozen professors on the grounds of homosexuality. The...

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4. Subversion and Indecency, 1961–1962

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pp. 121-158

C. Farris Bryant was inaugurated as Florida’s governor on January 3, 1961. A conservative Democrat from Ocala, Bryant had served as a member and as speaker of the state house of representatives and failed in his 1956 bid for governor. Soon...

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5. Sex and Civil Rights, 1963–1965

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pp. 159-192

The first half of the 1960s saw a dramatic climax of nonviolent civil rights protests in the South and the passage of sweeping federal legislation to protect African Americans’ constitutional rights. By 1965, the movement had penetrated American politics and culture, awakening the nation’s conscience in a way that...

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Epilogue: Anita Bryant and Florida’s Culture Wars

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pp. 193-208

“We’re not going to take this sitting down,” Anita Bryant told the New York Times on January 18, 1977. Florida’s Dade County Commission had just approved an ordinance banning discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of “sexual or affectional preference.”1 Bryant had moved to Miami Beach...

Notes

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pp. 209-234

Bibliography

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pp. 235-244

Index

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p. 245

About the Author

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pp. 267-267