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Stonewall
     

Stonewall

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by Martin Bauml Duberman
 

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"As scholars we should read Stonewall, and as teachers we should assign it. All of us will be challenged to build on it."—Michael Sherry, Northwestern Univ. "Both a fascinating account of the birth of gay liberation and a replay of the turbulent, society-changing 60s."—San Francisco Chronicle.

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"As scholars we should read Stonewall, and as teachers we should assign it. All of us will be challenged to build on it."—Michael Sherry, Northwestern Univ. "Both a fascinating account of the birth of gay liberation and a replay of the turbulent, society-changing 60s."—San Francisco Chronicle.

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"Fritz points up Jackson's eccentric ways (which included sleeping between wet sheets to improve his digestion, and constantly sucking on lemons), his unbending strictness, his passion for danger and battle, the inhuman demands he made on himself and his men, and the driving ambition that was ever at war with his strong religious beliefs. . . .  And Fritz fills out the portrait with the fond little jokes and anecdotes the men exchanged about their leader's peculiarities. . .  Well done." --Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A police raid on the Stonewall, an unlicensed Greenwich Village gay bar, set off a series of riots in the summer of 1969 that mark the birth of the modern gay and lesbian political movement. Duberman (Paul Robeson ) re-examines this event through the vibrant, intertwined portraits of six people -- two lesbians, three gay men, one transvestite -- whose lives converged at the Stonewall Rebellion and in the militant movement it spawned. Politically, his six subjects run the gamut from ex-priest Jim Fouratt -- a leftist and Yippie cohort of Abbie Hoffman -- to Foster Gunnison, who devoted his energies to moderate gay causes and later became a conservative. Yvonne Flowers, a black feminist, overcame her suspicion that the gay movement was not open to people of color, while transvestite Sylvia Rivers faced hostility from lesbians. Duberman, himself gay, exposes schisms in gay liberation that pitted gay men against lesbians, male chauvinists against feminists, whites against blacks.
Library Journal
Historian Duberman, author of Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey, chronicles here the Stonewall riots that occurred in New York City during the summer of 1969. Involving gays and lesbians who fought back against a police raid at a Greenwich Village bar, these street battles marked a watershed event in gay and lesbian rights in this country. Duberman's work is a combination of biography and history that is primarily viewed through the words of six participants (four men and two women) who were either at the Stonewall riots or involved in the gay and lesbian politics of the time. It is often a powerful and compelling narrative that shows how an oppressed minority arrived at a historic moment and changed forever the way they would view themselves and how others would view them. R

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452272064
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,304,463
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Fritz points up Jackson's eccentric ways (which included sleeping between wet sheets to improve his digestion, and constantly sucking on lemons), his unbending strictness, his passion for danger and battle, the inhuman demands he made on himself and his men, and the driving ambition that was ever at war with his strong religious beliefs. . . .  And Fritz fills out the portrait with the fond little jokes and anecdotes the men exchanged about their leader's peculiarities. . .  Well done." —Kirkus Reviews

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Stonewall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stonewall is an emotional voyage to a past I was not able to witness for myself. The characters are merged together telling the WHOLE story of the "always heard about" Stonewall and of many men and women who because of their determination changed society and culture forever. I highly recommend reading Stonewall.