By Michael Bronski
The first booklet 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 big apple. within the mid-nineteenth century, across the world recognized Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an overtly lesbian lifestyles, together with a well-publicized “female marriage.” And within the past due Nineteen Twenties, Augustus Granville Dill used to be 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 number of moments of queer background 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 booklet that substantially demanding situations how we comprehend American heritage. Drawing upon fundamental records, literature, and cultural histories, famous pupil and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender background, from 1492 to the Nineteen Nineties, and has written a testomony to how the LGBT event has profoundly formed our nation, tradition, and background.
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 ladies infantrymen within the Civil struggle, the effect of recent applied sciences on LGBT existence within the 19th century, and the way rock tune and pop culture have been, largely, answerable for the devastating backlash opposed to homosexual rights within the past due Nineteen Seventies. such a lot extraordinary, Bronski records how, over centuries, quite a few incarnations of social purity hobbies 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 United States what it's this present day.
At center, A Queer heritage of the United States is just approximately American background. it's a booklet that would topic either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory background will make readers savor simply how queer the USA particularly is.
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A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Michael Bronski