Winner of a 2012 Stonewall publication Award in nonfiction
The first publication to hide everything 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 wish, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, within the early 1800s, replaced her identify to “Publick common Friend,” refused to take advantage of pronouns, fought for gender equality, and led her personal congregation in upstate big apple. within the mid-nineteenth century, across the world recognized Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an brazenly lesbian existence, together with a well-publicized “female marriage.” And within the past due Twenties, Augustus Granville Dill used to be fired via W. E. B. Du Bois from the NAACP’s journal the Crisis after being arrested for a gay come upon. those are only a number of moments of queer heritage that Michael Bronski highlights during this groundbreaking publication.
Intellectually dynamic and perpetually provocative, A Queer background of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer historical past: it's a ebook that extensively demanding situations how we comprehend American background. Drawing upon basic files, literature, and cultural histories, famous pupil and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender historical past, from 1492 to the Nineteen Nineties, and has written a testomony to how the LGBT adventure has profoundly formed our kingdom, tradition, and background.
A Queer heritage of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or frequently neglected elements of yankee history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy legislation within the colonies, the superiority of cross-dressing girls infantrymen within the Civil warfare, the effect of latest applied sciences on LGBT lifestyles within the 19th century, and the way rock song and pop culture have been, largely, chargeable for the devastating backlash opposed to homosexual rights within the past due Nineteen Seventies. such a lot outstanding, Bronski files how, over centuries, a variety of incarnations of social purity routine have continually tried to control all sexuality, together with fantasies, masturbation, and queer intercourse. Resisting those efforts, same-sex hope flourished and helped make the USA what it really is this present day.
At center, A Queer background of the United States is just approximately American background. it's a publication that may subject either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory historical past will make readers relish simply how queer the US rather is.
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