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Stonewall
     

Stonewall

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by Martin B. Duberman
 

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Since 1969, the word Stonewall has been synonymous with gay resistance to oppression. Yet remarkably, the full story of the Stonewall riots has never been told. Now historian Duberman profiles six early activists, whose lives intersected during the turbulent event that was to become the defining moment of the burgeoning liberation movement.

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Since 1969, the word Stonewall has been synonymous with gay resistance to oppression. Yet remarkably, the full story of the Stonewall riots has never been told. Now historian Duberman profiles six early activists, whose lives intersected during the turbulent event that was to become the defining moment of the burgeoning liberation movement.

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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
Ray Olson
Modern gay and lesbian consciousness may trace its beginnings to the nineteenth century, but it got rolling with the Stonewall riot. The Stonewall was a Mafia-owned Manhattan gay bar patronized by young, poor, working-class men, including many transvestite hustlers. The cops raided it regularly, to get their graft upped or just to hassle the sissies. One late June 1969 night, the sissies hassled back, and gay lib came out. There's never before been a book about this event, which, because it was unplanned, furnishes pretty meager material for a 300-page volume. So Duberman places it in the context of the lives of four gay men and two lesbians whose political activism was crucially affected by it. Thus the book's basically about six homosexuals who were ready to have their lives changed even more than the decision to be honest about his or her sexuality had already changed them. The six were a wealthy old-line homophile activist, an associate of Abbie Hoffman in the ultraradical Yippies, the founder of one of the first nonpornographic gay bookstores, a young Jewish sociologist who became a major lesbian liberation editor and writer, a well-educated black lesbian searching for space in the 1960s feminist and civil rights movements, and one man who was inside the Stonewall when history went down -- Latino drag-queen hustler Ray Sylvia Rivera. Rivera became a formidable presence in both major New York gay activist organizations that sprang up in Stonewall's wake. Each individual is fascinating enough to occupy an entire book, and reading about them as much as about the event that gay pride parades commemorate every year is deeply affecting for gays, deeply informative for nongays.
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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525936022
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.35(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.13(d)

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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.