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The Pansy Craze

Before and during World War I, there was a great deal of ferment with immigrants peppering these shores; women asserting their rights, for the vote and for control of their own bodies and reproductive destinies; Black people leaving the South for opportunities and to avoid the horrors of Jim Crow and lynching; fundamentalist religious revivals exciting people to assert political dominance; large same-sex groupings in the military where queers found that in fact, they were not the only one; war […]