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Boots of leather, slippers of gold : the history of a lesbian community

Author: Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy; Madeline D Davis
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 20. anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold traces the evolution of the lesbian community in Buffalo, New York from the mid-1930s up to the early 1960s. Drawing upon the oral histories of 45 women, it is the first comprehensive history of a working-class lesbian community. These poignant and complex stories show how black and white working-class lesbians, although living under oppressive circumstances, nevertheless became
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy; Madeline D Davis
ISBN: 9781138785847 1138785849 9781138785854 1138785857
OCLC Number: 900353105
Description: 434 p. : illustrations
Contents: Preface to the 20th Anniversary EditionAcknowledgmentsPreface1. "To cover up the truth would be a waste of time" : Introduction2. "I could hardly wait to get back to that bar" : Lesbian Bar Culture in the 1930s and 1940s3. " A weekend wasn't a weekend if there wasn't a fight": The Tough Bar Lesbians of the 1950s4. "Maybe 'cause things were harder...you had to be more friendly" : Race and Class in teh Lesbian Community of the 1950s5. "We're going to be legends, just like Columbus is": The Butch-Fem Image and the Lesbian Fight for Public Space6. "Now you get this spot right here": Butch-Fem Sexuality during the 1940s and 1950s7. "Nothing is forever" : Serial Monogamy in the Lesbian Community of the 1940s and 1950s8. "It can't be a one-way street": Committed Butch-Fem Relationships9. "In everybody's life there has to be a gym teacher": The Formation of Lesbian Identities and the Reproduction of Butch-Fem Roles10. ConclusionNotesGeneral IndexIndex of Narrators
Responsibility: Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis

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Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold traces the evolution of the lesbian community in Buffalo, New York from the mid-1930s up to the early 1960s. Drawing upon the oral histories of 45 women, it is the first comprehensive history of a working-class lesbian community. These poignant and complex stories show how black and white working-class lesbians, although living under oppressive circumstances, nevertheless became powerful agents of historical change. Kennedy and Davis provide a unique insider's perspective on butch-fem culture and argue that the roots of gay and lesbian liberation are found specifically in the determined resistance of working-class lesbians. This 20th anniversary edition republishes the book for a new generation of readers. It includes a new preface in which the authors reflect on where the last 20 years have taken them, and reminisce about the process of creating Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold. For anyone interested in lesbian life during the 1950s, or in the dynamics of butch-fem culture, this study remains the one that set the highest standard for all oral histories and ethnographies of lesbian communities anywhere."

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold traces the evolution of the lesbian community in Buffalo, New York from the mid-1930s up to the early 1960s. Drawing upon the oral histories of 45 women, it is the first comprehensive history of a working-class lesbian community. Kennedy and Davis provide a unique insider's perspective on butch-fem culture and argue that the roots of gay and lesbian liberation are found specifically in the determined resistance of working-class lesbians. This 20th anniversary edition includes a new preface by the authors"

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