By Michael Bronski
The first booklet to hide the whole thing 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 exploit 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 brazenly lesbian existence, together with a well-publicized “female marriage.” And within the past due Nineteen 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 stumble upon. those are only a couple of moments of queer historical past that Michael Bronski highlights during this groundbreaking e-book.
Intellectually dynamic and forever provocative, A Queer background of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer heritage: it's a e-book that noticeably demanding situations how we comprehend American background. Drawing upon basic records, 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 event has profoundly formed our state, tradition, and heritage.
A Queer historical past of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or frequently neglected points of yankee history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy legislation within the colonies, the superiority of cross-dressing girls squaddies within the Civil struggle, the effect of recent applied sciences on LGBT existence within the 19th century, and the way rock track and pop culture have been, largely, liable for the devastating backlash opposed to homosexual rights within the overdue Seventies. so much notable, Bronski records how, over centuries, a number of incarnations of social purity activities have always 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 really is this present day.
At middle, A Queer historical past of the United States is just approximately American heritage. it's a publication that may subject either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory historical past will make readers savour simply how queer the USA particularly is.
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A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Michael Bronski