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Carryin' on in the Lesbian and Gay South - John Howard

Carryin' on in the Lesbian and Gay South

By: John Howard (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st August 1997
ISBN: 9780814735602
Number Of Pages: 416

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To date, lesbian and gay history has focused largely on the East and West coasts, and on urban settings such as New York and San Francisco. The American South, on the other hand, identified with religion, traditional gender roles, and cultural conservatism, has escaped attention. Southerners celebrate their past; lesbians and gays celebrate their new-found visibility; historians celebrate the South—yet rarely have the three crossed paths.

John Howard's groundbreaking anthology casts its net widely, examining lesbian and gay experiences in Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Tennessee. James Schnur, by virtue of a Freedom of Information Act query, sheds light on the sinister machinations of the Johns Committee, whose clandestine duty it was to ferret out suspected homosexuals during the McCarthy years. In his essay on the great Southern writer William Alexander Percy, William Armstrong Percy provides tangible evidence that Southern citizens, historians, and archivists have long sought to repress or obscure certain individuals within what C. Vann Woodward described as the perverse section. Moving chronologically through America's past, from the antebellum and postbellum periods, through the Jim Crow era and the Cold War, to the present, this volume introduces an important new framework to the field of lesbian and gay history—that of regional history.

Industry Reviews

"This assortment of touching, hilarious, and very smart essays moves lesbian and gay history to a new place, geographically and analytically. Ranging widely from deep South to upper South, from rural areas to urban centers, across differences of race class and gender, the authors explore the intersecting meanings of southernness and sexuality with attention to the widest angles of vision, and to the telling details of daily experience."

-Lisa Duggan, coauthor with Nan D. Hunter of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture

Introduction: Carryin' On in the Lesbian and Gay Southp. 1
"Writhing Bedfellows" in Antebellum South Carolina: Historical Interpretation and the Politics of Evidencep. 15
"Only a Woman Like Yourself" - Rebecca Alice Baldy: Dutiful Daughter, Stalwart Sister, and Lesbian Lover of Nineteenth-Century Georgiap. 34
Sex, Smashing, and Storyville in Turn-of-the-Century New Orleans: Reexamining the Continuum of Lesbian Sexualityp. 54
William Alexander Percy (1885-1942): His Homosexuality and Why It Mattersp. 75
Personalizing the Political, Politicizing the Personal: Reflections on Editing the Letters of Lillian Smithp. 93
The Library, the Park, and the Pervert: Public Space and Homosexual Encounter in Post-World War II Atlantap. 107
Closet Crusaders: The Johns Committee and Homophobia, 1956-1965p. 132
Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Pre-Stonewall Charleston: Perspectives on the Gordon Langley Hall Affairp. 164
Softball and Alcohol: The Limits of Lesbian Community in Memphis from the 1940s through the 1960sp. 203
Louisville's Lesbian Feminist Union: A Study in Community Buildingp. 224
"Women Ran It": Charis Books and More and Atlanta's Lesbian-Feminist Community, 1971-1981p. 241
Post-Lesbian-Feminism: Documenting "Those Cruddy Old Dykes of Yore"p. 285
Dateline Atlanta: Place and the Social Construction of AIDSp. 331
Queering the South: Constructions of Southern/Queer Identityp. 370
Contributorsp. 387
Indexp. 391
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ISBN: 9780814735602
ISBN-10: 0814735606
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 15.01  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.56