From Classrooms to Courtrooms: An Analytical View of the Struggles of Homosexual Teachers in America, 1950-1977

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Owain Albala, Student (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Daniel Pierce

Abstract: In the years following World War II, there was pressure to keep homosexuals from the general public. This pressure was often linked to other "dangers" such as communism, and was especially prevalent in education where gay teachers were seen as a threat on the impressionable minds of students they taught. Special group were formed to identify and interrogate gay teachers. Being exposed as gay not only threatened a teachers' employment, but also to them becoming social pariahs. This paper analyzes the struggles faced by homosexual teachers, in both classrooms and court rooms, and the great lengths gay educators went to in standing up for their rights.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
education, gay rights

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