The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

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The Mayor of Castro Street is the definitive story of the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the '70s. His is a story of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassination in City Hall and massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

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Overview

The Mayor of Castro Street is the definitive story of the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the '70s. His is a story of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassination in City Hall and massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

The definitive story of the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the '70s. 8 pages of photos.

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“A no-holds-barred character study and a history of the local gay movement . . . An investigative piece on the mechanics of big-city government in all its expedient, back-biting splendor.” —The Washington Post

“A remarkable work [of] biography, social history, and political machination . . . Exceptional.” —The Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312523305
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1982
  • Series: Stonewall Inn Editions Series
  • Edition description: lst ed
  • Pages: 400

Meet the Author

Randy Shilts was one of the first openly gay journalists hired at a major newspaper and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for thirteen years. He died of AIDS in 1994 at his home in the Sonoma County redwoods in California. He was the author of several groundbreaking bestsellers, including And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (1987) and Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the U.S. Military (1993).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Author's Note xiii
Prologue xv
Part I The Years Without Hope 1
1 The Men without Their Shirts 3
2 Gay Everyman 12
3 Judy Garland's Dead 30
4 Sodom by the Sea 47
Part II The Mayor of Castro Street 67
5 Politics as Theater 69
6 The Early Invaders 81
7 The First Skirmish 95
8 Gay Main Street 111
9 Harvey Milk vs. The Machine 127
10 Orange Tuesday 153
11 Showdown on Castro Street 169
Part III Supervisor Harvey Milk 187
12 Media Star 189
13 Willkommen Castro 211
14 Deadline Pressure 229
15 Curtain Call 252
16 No Cross, No Crown 263
Part IV The Legend Begins 297
17 Justice and Thieves 299
18 The Final Act 324
Epilogue 340
Appendix I. A Populist Looks at the City Speech to the Joint International Longshoremen & Warehouseman's Union of San Francisco September 10, 1973 349
Appendix II. A City of Neighborhoods Address at Inaugural Dinner January 10, 1978 353
Appendix III. The Hope Speech Keynote Address to Gay Caucus of California Democratic Council (San Diego) March 10, 1978 359
Appendix IV. That's What America Is Speech at Gay Freedom Day Rally June 25, 1978 364
Appendix V. Harvey Milk's Political Will Tape-recorded November 18, 1977 372
Notes on Sources 376
Index 381
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