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Sexual politics, sexual communities : the making of a homosexual minority in the United States, 1940-1970

Author: John D'Emilio
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1983.
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"With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities supplies the definitive analysis of the homophile movement in the U.S. from 1940 to 1970. John D'Emilio's new preface and afterword examine the conditions that shaped the book and the growth of gay and lesbian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John D'Emilio
ISBN: 0226142655 9780226142654 0226142663 9780226142661
OCLC Number: 8728658
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University, 1981.
Awards: Gay Book Award (American Library Association), 1984
Description: x, 257 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Homosexuality and American society: an overview --
Forging a group identity: World War II and the emergence of an urban gay subculture --
The bonds of oppression: gay life in the 1950s --
Radical beginnings of the Mattachine society --
Retreat to respectability --
Dual identity and lesbian autonomy: the beginnnings of separate organizing among women --
The quest for legitimacy --
Gay life in the public eye --
Civil rights and direct action: the new East Coast militancy, 1961-1965 --
The movement and the subculture converge: San Fransico during the early 1960s --
High hopes and modest gains --
A new beginning: the birth of gay liberation.
Responsibility: John D'Emilio.

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"With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities supplies the definitive analysis of the homophile movement in the U.S. from 1940 to 1970. John D'Emilio's new preface and afterword examine the conditions that shaped the book and the growth of gay and lesbian historical literature."--Publisher's description.

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