In a New Century: Essays on Queer History, Politics, and Community Life (Paperback)
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In a New Century: Essays on Queer History, Politics, and Community Life (Paperback)

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For gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States, the twenty-first century has brought dramatic changes: the end of sodomy laws, the elimination of ODon't Ask, Don't Tell,O a move toward recognition of same-sex marriage, Gay-Straight Alliances in thousands of high schools, and an explosion of visibility in the media and popular culture. All of this would have been unimaginable to those living just a few decades ago. Yet, at the same time, the American political system has grown ever more conservative, and increasing economic inequality has been a defining feature of the new century.

A pioneering scholar of gay history, John D'Emilio reflects in this wide-ranging collection of essays upon the social, cultural, and political changes provoked by LGBT activism. He offers provocative questions and historical analyses: What can we learn from a life-long activist like Bayard Rustin, who questioned the wisdom of Oidentity politicsO? Was Richard Nixon a Ogay liberationistO? How can knowing local stories-like those of Chicago in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s-help build stronger communities and enrich traditions of activism? Might the focus on achieving actually be evidence of growing conservatism in LGBT communities?

In a New Century provides a dynamic, thoughtful, and important resource for identifying changes that have occurred in the United States since 1960, taking stock of the work that still needs to be done, and issuing an urgent call to action for getting there.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299297749
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"John D'Emilio has done it again. These captivating essays by one of our most illustrious historians and scholar-activists connect past to present in a way that helps us to think about and work toward a more just future."--Leila J. Rupp, author of "Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women"

"A collection from one of the finest, most thoughtful historians of gay and lesbian social history."--David Bergman, editor of "Gay American Autobiography"

John D Emilio has done it again. These captivating essays by one of our most illustrious historians and scholar-activists connect past to present in a way that helps us to think about and work toward a more just future. Leila J. Rupp, author of Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women
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A collection from one of the finest, most thoughtful historians of gay and lesbian social history. David Bergman, editor of Gay American Autobiography
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Covers the history of the LGBT community from closeted and persecuted to visible and legally empowered. The rise of the civil rights and women s liberation movements are also chronicled in this academically challenging yet easy-to-read book. Foreword Reviews
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