By Michael Bronski
The first booklet to hide the whole thing 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 long island. 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 Twenties, Augustus Granville Dill used to be fired by way 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 background that Michael Bronski highlights during this groundbreaking booklet.
Intellectually dynamic and ceaselessly provocative, A Queer heritage of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer heritage: it's a ebook that appreciably demanding situations how we comprehend American heritage. Drawing upon basic 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 background.
A Queer historical past of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or frequently overlooked facets of yankee history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy legislation within the colonies, the superiority of cross-dressing girls squaddies within the Civil battle, the effect of latest 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 past due Seventies. such a lot outstanding, Bronski records how, over centuries, numerous incarnations of social purity pursuits have continuously tried to manage all sexuality, together with fantasies, masturbation, and queer intercourse. Resisting those efforts, same-sex wish flourished and helped make the USA what it really is this day.
At center, A Queer heritage of the United States is just approximately American historical past. it's a booklet that might topic either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory heritage will make readers savor simply how queer the US particularly is.
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A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Michael Bronski