A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American by Michael Bronski

By Michael Bronski

Winner of a 2012 Stonewall booklet Award in nonfiction

The first e-book to hide the whole thing of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender background, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and based Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex hope, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, within the early 1800s, replaced her identify to “Publick common Friend,” refused to exploit pronouns, fought for gender equality, and led her personal congregation in upstate manhattan. within the mid-nineteenth century, the world over recognized Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an brazenly lesbian existence, together with a well-publicized “female marriage.” And within the past due Nineteen Twenties, Augustus Granville Dill was once fired by means of W. E. B. Du Bois from the NAACP’s journal the Crisis after being arrested for a gay stumble upon. those are only a couple of moments of queer background that Michael Bronski highlights during this groundbreaking ebook.
Intellectually dynamic and eternally provocative, A Queer background of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer historical past: it's a ebook that noticeably demanding situations how we comprehend American heritage. Drawing upon basic files, literature, and cultural histories, famous pupil and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender background, from 1492 to the Nineties, and has written a testomony to how the LGBT event has profoundly formed our kingdom, tradition, and background.
A Queer background of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or frequently missed features of yank history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy legislation within the colonies, the superiority of cross-dressing ladies squaddies within the Civil conflict, the influence of latest applied sciences on LGBT lifestyles within the 19th century, and the way rock tune and pop culture have been, largely, answerable for the devastating backlash opposed to homosexual rights within the past due Seventies. such a lot impressive, Bronski records how, over centuries, numerous incarnations of social purity routine have always tried to control all sexuality, together with fantasies, masturbation, and queer intercourse. Resisting those efforts, same-sex hope flourished and helped make the US what it really is this day.
At middle, A Queer historical past of the United States is just approximately American historical past. it's a e-book that may subject either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory historical past will make readers savor simply how queer the US quite is.

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