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Perverts by Official Order

The Campaign Against Homosexuals by the United States Navy

By Demetrios Simopoulos, John Dececco, Phd, Lawrence Murphy

Routledge – 1988 – 330 pages

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    978-0-918393-44-9
    September 7th 1988
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    September 6th 1988

Description

This candid book documents for the first time the U.S. Navy’s use of entrapment in pursuit of homosexuals in and around Newport, Rhode Island, during the early twentieth century. This most extensive systematic persecution of gays in American history occurred with the approval of Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels and Assistant Secretary Franklin Roosevelt, as dozens of sailors were ordered to identify and even seduce gay men in order to report their names to the authorities. Noted historian Lawrence Murphy reveals the details of this sordid campaign that ultimately generated a national scandal and first raised issues of gay rights and governmental persecution of homosexuals.

Contents

Contents Preface

  • “Half the World Is Queer”
  • Cleaning Up the Navy
  • Navy Justice
  • Section A., O.A.S.N.
  • On Trial in Newport and Washington
  • The United States Versus Samuel Neal Kent
  • A National Gay Scandal
  • Defending the Right of Petition
  • Rhode Island Versus the U.S. Navy
  • Section A on Trial
  • Defending the U.S. Navy
  • Before the Senate of the United States
  • Legacies
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Name: Perverts by Official Order: The Campaign Against Homosexuals by the United States Navy (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Demetrios Simopoulos, John Dececco, Phd, Lawrence Murphy. This candid book documents for the first time the U.S. Navy’s use of entrapment in pursuit of homosexuals in and around Newport, Rhode Island, during the early twentieth century. This most extensive systematic persecution of gays in American...
Categories: History, Military & Naval History, Gender Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies