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

ISBN-10: 0814727506

ISBN-13: 9780814727508

Edition: 2007

Authors: Thomas A. Foster, John D'Emilio

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"A major, ground-breaking study of early America. Readers will come away with a fresh sense of the centrality of sexuality to any understanding of the formation of the new Republic."--Martha Vicinus, author of Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928"This splendid collection, interdisciplinary but deeply historical, illustrates the maturation of lesbian and gay history as it has expanded its chronological and regional scope and its methodological depths.."--Estelle B. Freedman, author of Feminism, Sexuality, and PoliticsAlthough 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 path-breaking, 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.
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 414
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Thomas A. Foster is Professor of History at DePaul University, in Chicago, and author of   Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America,  and  Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past . He is also editor of Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality (NYU Press, 2007), New Men: Manliness in Early America (NYU Press, 2011), and Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America . Foster tweets at @ThomasAFoster.

Introduction : long before Stonewall
Warfare, homosexuality, and gender status among American Indian men in the Southwest
Weibe-town and the Delawares-as-women : gender crossing and same-sex relations in eighteenth-century Northeastern Indian culture
"Abominable sin" in colonial New Mexico : Spanish and Pueblo perceptions of same-sex sexuality
"The cry of Sodom" : discourse, intercourse, and desire in colonial New England
Border crossings : the queer erotics of Quakerism in seventeenth-century New England
Hermaphrodites and "same-sex" sex in early America
Mapping an Atlantic sexual culture : homoeroticism in eighteenth-century Philadelphia
An excerpt from Surpassing the love of men
Leander, Lorenzo, and Castalio : an early American romance
The swan of Litchfield : Sarah Pierce and the lesbian landscape poem
Sexual desire, crime, and punishment in the early republic
The black body erotic and the republican body politic, 1790-1820
What's sex got to do with it? : marriage versus circulation in The Pennsylvania magazine, 1775-1776
In a French position : radical pornography and homoerotic society in Charles Brockden Brown's Ormond or the secret witness
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