Tag: 20th Century US History

Red War on the Family: An Interview with Erica Ryan

Interview by Christina Simmons Erica Ryan’s Red War on the Family (Temple 2014) argues that the first Red Scare–the backlash against and anxiety about domestic and foreign radicals–and its organizational progeny not only deeply shaped the American political world of the 1920s but also fundamentally affected ideas and practices of sexuality […]

Heterosexuality and Americanization: "Social Education" for Immigrant Youth in the 1920s

Erica Ryan In the nativist 1920s, in the wake of successive waves of mass immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe, progressives in the United States engaged in tremendous efforts to assimilate immigrants into their vision of American culture. For these white, middle-class, and Protestant reformers, channeling sexuality into marriage was key […]