Queer America: A Glbt History of the 20th Century

Queer America A Glbt History of the th Century Perhaps no topic today is politically divisive than homosexuality particularly when it is coupled with the deeply rooted concept of civil rights This work focuses on th st century U S history as

  • Title: Queer America: A Glbt History of the 20th Century
  • Author: Vicki L. Eaklor
  • ISBN: 9780313337499
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perhaps no topic today is politically 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, orgaPerhaps no topic today is politically 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 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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    1. This was a pretty interesting read, and one I purchased for the teen collection at my old library. I remember it getting really good reviews at the time. It actually is full of great content and information that talks not only about the history of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people during the 20th century, but it also places it in context with other similar movements, like those for women and African Americans.It is pretty rich with detail about various individuals and groups to [...]

    2. Not bad, I didn't realize it was a textbook or YA until I got home. In her attempt to integrate queer history into mainstream, the author includes far too much mainstream history that is neither well-done nor necessary. As another reviewer noted, it makes it appear as though no queer people were making their mark in the South or Midwest or anywhere but West and East Coast cities. So I'd recommend it as an overview (the timeline diagram is pretty good) but if you really want some queer history, g [...]

    3. 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, Washington, San Francisco, and Los Angeles were where most of the most significant events occurred, but there were other outcroppings occurring. I am most familiar with Texas in the 70s and 80s, when the pride movement really go going. That included not only major annual parades but lots of political [...]

    4. 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.

    5. Very informative, though I wish there would have been more space devoted to transgender issues. I think a second volume with updated information, no outdated terms, and better proofreading should be published.

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