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By Michael Bronski

Winner of a 2012 Stonewall ebook Award in nonfiction

The first e-book to hide everything 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 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, across the world recognized Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an brazenly lesbian existence, together with a well-publicized “female marriage.” And within the overdue Nineteen Twenties, Augustus Granville Dill was once 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 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 background: it's a publication that considerably demanding situations how we comprehend American background. Drawing upon basic records, 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 kingdom, tradition, and heritage.
A Queer heritage of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or frequently missed features of yank history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy legislation within the colonies, the superiority of cross-dressing ladies infantrymen within the Civil struggle, the influence of recent applied sciences on LGBT existence within the 19th century, and the way rock tune and pop culture have been, largely, liable for the devastating backlash opposed to homosexual rights within the past due Seventies. such a lot amazing, Bronski records how, over centuries, quite a few incarnations of social purity events 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 truly is at the present time.
At center, A Queer heritage of the United States is just approximately American background. it's a ebook that would subject either to LGBT humans and heterosexuals. This engrossing and revelatory background will make readers take pleasure in simply how queer the United States particularly is.

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