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A queer history of the United States

Author: Michael Bronski
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2012] ©2011
Series: Revisioning American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A Queer History of the United States is groundbreaking and accessible. It looks at how American culture has shaped the LGBT, or queer, experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating our country. Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, Bronski's book takes the reader through the centuries--from Columbus' arrival and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Bronski
ISBN: 9780807044650 0807044652
OCLC Number: 1019552069
Notes: Publication date taken from publisher's website.
Description: xx, 288 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Revisioning American history.
Responsibility: Michael Bronski.

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"A Queer History of the United States is groundbreaking and accessible. It looks at how American culture has shaped the LGBT, or queer, experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating our country. Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, Bronski's book takes the reader through the centuries--from Columbus' arrival and the brutal treatment the Native peoples received, through the American Revolution's radical challenging of sex and gender roles--to the violent, and liberating, 19th century--and the transformative social justice movements of the 20th. Bronski's book is filled with startling examples of often ignored or unknown aspects of American history: the ineffectiveness of sodomy laws in the colonies, the prevalence of cross-dressing women soldiers in the Civil War, the effect of new technologies on LGBT life in the 19th century, and how rock music and popular culture were, in large part, responsible for the great backlash against gay rights in the late 1970s. More than anything, A Queer History of the United States is not so much about queer history as it is about all American history--and why it should matter to both LGBT people and heterosexuals alike"--Provided by publisher.

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