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H-Urban members may be interested in this book, much of which focuses on the local urban context. -Marc Stein AUTHOR EXPOSING GOVERNMENT PURGES OF GAYS & LESBIANS WINS NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD BOSTON (Dec. 10, 2004) A book by David K. Johnson, a historian, has won a prestigious national award for advancing human rights. Johnson's book, The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays in the Federal Government, University of Chicago Press 2004, is one of 10 winners of the 2004 Myers Outstanding Book Award, a national competition of the Gustavus Myers Center, a tiny Boston-based center and national network. The book was selected by a diverse panel of reviewers from across the country for its significant contribution to public knowledge of anti-communist moral panics. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal agencies drew thousands of young men and women to clerical and administrative jobs in Washington. That urban environment fostered a gay and lesbian subculture. Those who were government employees became vulnerable as government security agents perceived "communists" perverting American youth in order to weaken the country for a communist takeover. Purges resulted. Marc Stein York University