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Chicago whispers : a history of LGBT Chicago before Stonewall

Author: St Sukie De la Croix
Publisher: Madison : The University of Wisconsin Press, ©2012.
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"Chicago Whispers illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city's beginnings in the 1670s as a fur-trading post to the end of the 1960s. Journalist St. Sukie de la Croix, drawing on years of archival research and personal interviews, reclaims Chicago's LGBT past that had been forgotten, suppressed, or overlooked. Including  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: St Sukie De la Croix
ISBN: 9780299286941 0299286940 9780299286934 0299286932
OCLC Number: 756913037
Description: xviii, 326 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The explorers --
The Chicago doctors --
Chicago's cesspools of infamy --
Mannish women --
The little review --
Kings and queens of burlesque --
Towertown --
Henry Gerber and the German sex reformers --
Some in the arts --
The blues and all that jazz --
Powder puffs --
Gay life in the 1930s --
Bronzeville --
World War II and the 1940s --
The Cold War --
Masculinity and the physique culture --
Lesbian pulp paperbacks and literature --
Negro arts and literature --
The night life --
Trouble with the law --
Trans-forming drag --
The sodomy laws --
The gay pioneers --
Mattachine midwest and the struggle toward a greater visibility.
Responsibility: St. Sukie de la Croix.

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"Chicago Whispers illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city's beginnings in the 1670s as a fur-trading post to the end of the 1960s. Journalist St. Sukie de la Croix, drawing on years of archival research and personal interviews, reclaims Chicago's LGBT past that had been forgotten, suppressed, or overlooked. Including here are Jane Addams, the pioneer of American social work; blues legend Ma Rainey, who recorded "Sissy Blues" in Chicago in 1926; commercial artist J.C . Leyendecker, who used his lover as the model for "The Arrow Collar Man" advertisements; and celebrated playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun. Here, too, are accounts of vice dens during the Civil War and classy gentlemen's clubs; the wild and guady First Ward Ball that was held annually from 1896 to 1908; gender-crossing performers in cabarets and at carnival sideshows; rights activists like Henry Gerber in the 1920s; authors of lesbian pulp novels and publishers of "physique magazines"; and evidence of thousands of nameless queer Chicagoans who worked as artists and musicians, in the factories, offices, and shops, at theaters and in hotels. Chicago Whispers offers a diverse collection of alternately hip and heart-wrenching accounts that crackle with vitality."--Page 4 of cover.

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A valuable contribution to our understanding of both Chicago history and the history of sexuality in America. . . . Passages from poems, songs, novels, plays, and essays by and about gay, lesbian, Read more...

 
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