Queer America: A GLBT History of the 20th Century (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 2008 - History - 274 pages
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Perhaps no topic today is politically more divisive than homosexuality, particularly when it is coupled with the deeply rooted concept of civil rights. This work focuses on 20th/21st- century U. S. history as it pertains to GLBT history. Major issues and events such as the Stonewall riot, Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the military, same-sex marriage, gay rights, gay pride, organizations and alliances, AIDS, and legal battles and court cases are discussed. Also included are sidebars highlighting major debates, legal landmarks and key individuals. A timeline and further reading sections concluding each chapter as well as a full bibliography and black and white images enhance the text.

In these opening years of the 21st century in the United States, perhaps no topic is more divisive than homosexuality, particularly when it is coupled with the deeply rooted concept of civil rights. The same-sex marriage debate, for example, is but part of a larger discussion over issues crucial to American life, such as the role of law in the lives of individuals, relationships among law, economics, and morality, and the values thought to distinguish and define us. GLBT history is not just the struggle for rights, it is people simply living their lives the best they knew how regardless of the terms they or others use for them. This work focuses on U. S. history and, within that, the 20th century, particularly because the vast majority of work in GLBT history has been during this place and time. Major issues and events such as the Stonewall riot, Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the military, same-sex marriage, gay rights, gay pride, organizations and alliances, AIDS, and legal battles and court cases are discussed.

Included in this reference work are sidebars highlighting major debates, legal landmarks and key individuals. A timeline and further reading sections concluding each chapter as well as a full bibliography and black and white images enhance the text.

  

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User Review  - Collin - Goodreads

While this was a comprehensive history of gay rights, it was often difficult to get through. Realizing it was a text book, I tried to approach it in the same vein, but often found myself having to re-read chapters to fully grasp what was being said. Read full review

Review: Queer America: A GLBT History of the 20th Century

User Review  - John Suddath - Goodreads

This is a comprehensive review of the social and political history of this movement, but it is limited primarily to activities on the two coasts and ignores anything in between. Of course, New York ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 What Is GLBT History?
1
Chapter 2 Into the 20th Century
13
Sexualities and Communities through Two World Wars
43
Queers in Cold War America
77
The Sixties
107
Cultures and Politics after Stonewall
131
Backlash and Regrouping
165
The GLBT Nineties
197
Into the 21st Century
233
Bibliography
247
Index
263
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About the author (2008)

Vicki L. Eaklor is Professor of History at Alfred University.

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