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A Queer History of the United States

A Queer History of the United States

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9 Audio CD

630 minutes


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2 Audio MP3 CD

630 minutes



A Queer History of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or frequently ignored aspects of American history—the ineffectiveness of sodomy laws in the colonies, the prevalence of cross-dressing women soldiers in the Civil War, the impact of new technologies on LGBTQ+ life in the nineteenth century, and how rock music and popular culture were, in large part, responsible for the devastating backlash against gay rights in the late 1970s. Most striking, Bronski documents how, over centuries, various incarnations of social purity movements have consistently strived to regulate all sexuality, including fantasies, masturbation, and queer sex. Resisting these efforts, same-sex desire flourished and helped make America what it is today. At heart, A Queer History of the United States is simply about American history. It is a book that will matter to LGBTQ+ people, their families, allies, and all Americans. This engrossing, revelatory history will make readers realize just how queer America really is.


Bronski demonstrates with wit, insight, and impeccable scholarship that queer lives are, and always have been, woven into the very fabric of this country. Readable, radical, and smart—a must read., Alison Bechdel, , author of Fun Home

...A succinct distillation of the history of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders in America...Bronski's impeccable research bolsters his arguments...a useful handbook for LGBT activist groups and other interested members of the gay community., Boston Globe

A savvy political, legal, literary (and even fashion) history, Bronski’s narrative is as intellectually rigorous as it is entertaining., Publishers Weekly

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