Queer history didn’t start with Stonewall. This book explores how LGBTQ people have always been a part of our national identity, contributing to the country and culture for over 400 years.
It is crucial for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth to know their history. But this history is not easy to find since it’s rarely taught in schools or commemorated in other ways. A Queer History of the United States for Young People corrects this and demonstrates that LGBTQ people have long been vital to shaping our understanding of what America is today.
Through engrossing narratives, letters, drawings, poems, and more, the book encourages young readers, of all identities, to feel pride at the accomplishments of the LGBTQ people who came before them and to use history as a guide to the future. The stories he shares include those of
* Indigenous tribes who embraced same-sex relationships and a multiplicity of gender identities.
* Emily Dickinson, brilliant nineteenth-century poet who wrote about her desire for women.
* Gladys Bentley, Harlem blues singer who challenged restrictive cross-dressing laws in the 1920s.
* Bayard Rustin, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s close friend, civil rights organizer, and an openly gay man.
* Sylvia Rivera, cofounder of STAR, the first transgender activist group in the US in 1970.
* Kiyoshi Kuromiya, civil rights and antiwar activist who fought for people living with AIDS.
* Jamie Nabozny, activist who took his LGBTQ school bullying case to the Supreme Court.
* Aidan DeStefano, teen who brought a federal court case for trans-inclusive bathroom policies.
* And many more!
With over 60 illustrations and photos, a glossary, and a corresponding curriculum, A Queer History of the United States for Young People will be vital for teachers who want to introduce a new perspective to America’s story.
|Series:||ReVisioning American History for Young People Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Michael Bronski is Professor of the Practice in Activism and Media in the Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University. He has written extensively on LGBT issues for four decades, in both mainstream and queer publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Advocate, Boston Review, Lambda Book Report, Z, and The Nation.
Richie Chevat writes fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. His adaptations for young readers include Our Choice by Al Gore and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. He lives in New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Before We Start, or, What Is Normal?
America—New Beginnings, New Identities: 1500–1860
Native Peoples: Different Genders, Different Sexualities
Thomas Morton: Free Love Among the Puritans?
Jemima Wilkinson: The Surprising Life of Publick Universal Friend
Deborah Sampson: Patriot, Soldier, Gender Rebel
Nineteenth-Century Romantic Friendships: BFFs or Friends with Benefits?
The Mystery of Emily Dickinson: Passionate Attachments and Independent Women
Julia Ward Howe, Samuel Gridley Howe, and Charles Sumner: Complicated Relationships and Radical Social Change in Very Proper Nineteenth-Century Boston
American Freedom Begins to Bloom—Change and the Civil War: 1860–1875
The Amazing Life of Albert D. J. Cashier: Transgender War Hero
Charlotte Cushman: American Idol, Lover of Women
Walt Whitman: Poet of the People
Rebecca Primus and Addie Brown: A Nineteenth-Century Love Story
New Americans—Boldly Challenging Society: 1875–1900
The Radical Victoria Woodhull: First Woman to Run for President
Jane Addams: The Mother of Social Work
Julian Eltinge: The Most Famous Cross-Dresser in America
A New Century of Freedom—Radical Visions, Revolutionary Actions: 1900–1960
Marie Equi: Fighting for Women, Workers, Peace, and Justice for All
Gladys Bentley: Blues-Singing Bulldagger
World War II: The War That Started LGBTQ Politics
Harry Hay: How His Society of Fools Started a Revolution
Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin: Climbing the Ladder of Freedom and Justice
Revolutionary Changes—The Seeds of Protest Begin to Bloom: 1960–1977
Pauli Murray: “You must remember that truth is our only sword”
Bayard Rustin: A Life of Activism
Carl Wittman: Radical Movements, Political Organizing, and Country Dance
Rita Mae Brown: The Lavender Menace Writes Her Way to Freedom
Gloria Anzaldúa: A Life Between Borders
Backlash—Years of Struggle and Resistance: 1977–1990
Sylvester and Anita Bryant: Marching to Two Very Different Drummers
Robert Hillsborough and Harvey Milk: Struggle and Violence, Grief and Rage
Essex Hemphill: The Power of Blackness
Kiyoshi Kuromiya: Man of Many Movements
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Art in the Face of Death
Moving Closer to Liberation—The Future Is in Sight: 1990–Present
Jamie Nabozny: Gay Teen Hero
Jack Baker and Michael McConnell: It Started in a Barber Shop
Sylvia Rivera: A Life in the Streets and a Guiding STAR
Coming Out or Staying In: New Queer Ways of Living in the World
Young People Today: The Future of Queer History