By Michael Bronski
The first booklet 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 hope, 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 manhattan. within the mid-nineteenth century, across the world well-known Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an overtly lesbian lifestyles, together with a well-publicized “female marriage.” And within the past due Twenties, Augustus Granville Dill was once fired through W. E. B. Du Bois from the NAACP’s journal the Crisis after being arrested for a gay come across. those are only a couple of moments of queer background that Michael Bronski highlights during this groundbreaking publication.
Intellectually dynamic and without end provocative, A Queer historical past of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer historical past: it's a ebook that substantially demanding situations how we comprehend American historical past. Drawing upon fundamental records, literature, and cultural histories, famous pupil and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender heritage, from 1492 to the Nineteen Nineties, and has written a testomony to how the LGBT adventure has profoundly formed our kingdom, tradition, and historical past.
A Queer historical past of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or usually neglected points of yankee history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy legislation within the colonies, the superiority of cross-dressing girls infantrymen within the Civil conflict, the impression of recent applied sciences on LGBT existence within the 19th century, and the way rock track and pop culture have been, largely, accountable for the devastating backlash opposed to homosexual rights within the overdue Nineteen Seventies. such a lot outstanding, Bronski files how, over centuries, a number of incarnations of social purity activities have continually tried to manage all sexuality, together with fantasies, masturbation, and queer intercourse. Resisting those efforts, same-sex wish flourished and helped make the US what it truly is at the present time.
At center, A Queer heritage of the United States is just approximately American heritage. it's a booklet that might topic either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory heritage will make readers take pleasure in simply how queer the USA relatively is.
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A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Michael Bronski