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With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities supplies the definitive analysis of the homophile movement in the U.S. from 1940 to 1970. John D'Emilio's new preface and afterword examine the conditions that shaped the book and the growth of gay and lesbian historical literature.

"How many students of American political culture know that during the McCarthy era more people lost their jobs for being alleged homosexuals than for being Communists? . . . These facts are part of the heretofore obscure history of homosexuality in America—a history that John D'Emilio thoroughly documents in this important book."—George DeStefano, Nation

"John D'Emilio provides homosexual political struggles with something that every movement requires—a sympathetic history rendered in a dispassionate voice."—New York Times Book Review

"A milestone in the history of the American gay movement."—Rudy Kikel, Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226142678
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 516,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John D'Emilio
John D'Emilio
Pioneering scholar, activist, and historian John D'Emilio has broken ground with books like The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture and his National Book Award-nominated biography Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.

Biography

John D'Emilio is professor of history and of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, from 1995 to 1997 he served as the Founding Director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He is the co-author of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (1997). He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982.

Author biography courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview, D'Emilio shared some fun facts and fascinating insights with us:

"I eat cereal every night before bed, and eat it with orange juice rather than milk. Cheerios and Grape Nuts are my current favorites."

"I won the citywide essay contest of the Archdiocese of New York back in 1961 or 1962, and got written up (I think on the front page, but I'm not sure) in the New York Herald Tribune -- a great paper, now defunct."

"Every time I get a new computer, I have to delete all the games on it because if I didn't, I'd never get anything else done!"

"I make a chicken soup and a tomato sauce that is better than any I've ever had."

"I long for a time again in this country when values of generosity, community, justice, and peacefulness reign."

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    1. Hometown:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bronx, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Columbia University, 1970; Ph.D., 1982

Table of Contents


Preface, 1998
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part 1. Identity, Community, and Oppression: A Sexual Minority in the Making

1. Homosexuality and American Society: An Overview
2. Forging a Group Identity: World War II and the Emergence of an Urban Gay Subculture
3. The Bonds of Oppression: Gay Life in the 1950s

Part 2. The 1950s: Radical Visions and Conformist Pressures

4. Radical Beginnings of the Mattachine Society
5. Retreat the Respectability
6. Dual Identity and Lesbian Autonomy: The Beginnings of Separate Organizing Among Women
7. The Quest for Legitimacy

Part 3. The 1960s: Civil Rights and the Pursuit of Equality

8. Gay Life in the Public Eye
9. Civil Rights and Direct Action: The New East Coast Militancy, 1961-1965
10. The Movement and the Subculture Converge: San Francisco During the Early 1960s
11. High Hopes and Modest Gains

Part 4. The Liberation Impulse

12. A New Beginning: The Birth of Gay Liberation
13. Conclusion

Afterword, 1998
Index

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