By Michael Bronski
The first publication to hide the whole thing of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender historical past, 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 long island. within the mid-nineteenth century, the world over well-known Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an overtly lesbian lifestyles, together with a well-publicized “female marriage.” And within the overdue Nineteen 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 stumble upon. those are only a number of moments of queer background that Michael Bronski highlights during this groundbreaking ebook.
Intellectually dynamic and ceaselessly provocative, A Queer background of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer heritage: it's a booklet that considerably demanding situations how we comprehend American heritage. Drawing upon fundamental 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 Nineties, and has written a testomony to how the LGBT adventure has profoundly formed our nation, tradition, and historical past.
A Queer historical past of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or usually neglected facets of yank history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy legislation within the colonies, the superiority of cross-dressing girls infantrymen within the Civil warfare, the effect of recent 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 overdue Nineteen Seventies. such a lot extraordinary, Bronski files 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 USA what it's at the present time.
At center, A Queer heritage of the United States is just approximately American background. it's a publication that might topic either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory heritage will make readers enjoy simply how queer the United States particularly is.
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A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Michael Bronski