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

By Michael Bronski

Winner of a 2012 Stonewall e-book Award in nonfiction

The first ebook to hide the whole lot of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender heritage, 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 exploit pronouns, fought for gender equality, and led her personal congregation in upstate ny. within the mid-nineteenth century, the world over well-known 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 come upon. those are only a couple of moments of queer heritage that Michael Bronski highlights during this groundbreaking ebook.
Intellectually dynamic and forever provocative, A Queer heritage of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer heritage: it's a publication that notably demanding situations how we comprehend American background. Drawing upon basic files, literature, and cultural histories, famous student and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender historical past, from 1492 to the Nineties, and has written a testomony to how the LGBT adventure has profoundly formed our state, tradition, and historical past.
A Queer historical past of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or frequently missed elements of yank history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy legislation within the colonies, the superiority of cross-dressing girls squaddies within the Civil battle, the effect of recent applied sciences on LGBT lifestyles within the 19th century, and the way rock track and pop culture have been, largely, answerable for the devastating backlash opposed to homosexual rights within the overdue Nineteen Seventies. so much impressive, Bronski files how, over centuries, a variety of incarnations of social purity events 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 heritage of the United States is just approximately American heritage. it's a publication that would topic either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory historical past will make readers have fun with simply how queer the United States fairly is.

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