Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America by Thomas FosterLong Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America by Thomas Foster

Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America

EditorThomas Foster

Paperback | July 1, 2007

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2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Although the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City symbolically mark the start of the gay rights movement, individuals came together long before the modern era to express their same-sex romantic and sexual attraction toward one another, and in a myriad of ways. Some reflected on their desires in quiet solitude, while others endured verbal, physical, and legal harassment for publicly expressing homosexual interest through words or actions.

Long Before Stonewall seeks to uncover the many iterations of same-sex desire in colonial America and the early Republic, as well as to expand the scope of how we define and recognize homosocial behavior. Thomas A. Foster has assembled a pathbreaking, interdisciplinary collection of original and classic essays that explore topics ranging from homoerotic imagery of black men to prison reform to the development of sexual orientations. This collection spans a regional and temporal breadth that stretches from the colonial Southwest to Quaker communities in New England. It also includes a challenge to commonly accepted understandings of the Native American berdache. Throughout, connections of race, class, status, and gender are emphasized, exposing the deep foundations on which modern sexual political movements and identities are built.

Title:Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 1, 2007Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814727506

ISBN - 13:9780814727508

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Editorial Reviews

“A powerful interdisciplinary compilation that will keep specialists and general readers thoroughly engaged. . . . Long Before Stonewall redirects our attention to a period of American history that for too long has been undervalued as a field for scholarly inquiry into sexuality.”
-Journal of the Early Republic