Queer America
A GLBT History of the 20th Century
by Vicki L. Eaklor
March 2008, 312pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33749-9
$72, £54, 60€, A103
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Explores the history and major issues of the gay community in twentieth century America.

Perhaps no topic today is politically more 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 more 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.

Reviews

"A great deal has been written about twentieth-century U.S. history as well as about the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) people, but this excellent volume is unique in combining the two as a survery of GLBT twentieth-century American history. An outstanding reference that belongs in every academic and public collection, Queer America is written for the general reader with a view to documenting how fully in the last century GLBT history is U.S. history....Queer America is eminently successful in accomplishing its goal of being a one-stop handbook to U.S. GLBT history of the twentieth century."—ARBA, March 1, 2009

"Within the context of historical events, the author discusses the growth of gay issues throughout the 20th century. An extensive time line opens the book and includes landmarks in civil rights and women's rights, as well as gay rights, which are explored in subsequent chapters. The writing is scholarly with few illustrations, but each chapter includes a boxed insert that further explores key debatable questions, such as the importance of the Stonewall Riot and whether homosexuals should serve in the military."—Curriculum Connections, April 1, 2009

"Queer America works well as both a broad-based history and a gateway to the key literature of the field. Eaklor . . . organizes Queer America as a chronology of GLBT life during specific eras. These engaging chapters weave together primary writings and interviews with political events and social history. . . . Queer America is recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with well-developed GLBT reference holdings. . ."—Reference & User Services Quarterly, December 1, 2008
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