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Sexual Reckonings

Southern Girls in a Troubling Age

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$22.50 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674063938

Publication Date: 03/05/2012


384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

19 halftones


  • Introduction: Scarlett Redux
  • 1. “Holding Excitement in Their Hands”: The Southern “Girl Problem”
  • 2. Spirited Youth or Fiends Incarnate?
  • 3. “Just as Much a Menace”: Race and Sex Delinquency
  • 4. “A Head Full of Diamonds”: Fact, Fiction, and African American Girls’ Sexuality
  • 5. “Living in Hopes”: An Economy of Desire
  • 6. Sex, Science, and Eugenic Sterilization
  • 7. The World War II Pickup Girl and Wartime Passions
  • 8. School Days: Reading, ’Riting, ’Rithmetic, and Romance
  • 9. Would Jesus Dance? The Dangerous Rhythms of Rock ’n’ Roll
  • 10. The Sexual Paradox of High School Desegregation
  • Conclusion: Sex, Memory, and the Segregated Past
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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