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1st Edition

The Routledge History of Queer America

Edited By

Don Romesburg

ISBN 9780367222796
Published April 15, 2019 by Routledge
404 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge History of Queer America presents the first comprehensive synthesis of the rapidly developing field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer US history. Featuring nearly thirty chapters on essential subjects and themes from colonial times through the present, this collection covers topics including:

  • Rural vs. urban queer histories
  • Gender and sexual diversity in early American history
  • Intersectionality, exploring queerness in association with issues of race and class
  • Queerness and American capitalism
  • The rise of queer histories, archives, and collective memory
  • Transnationalism and queer history

Gathering authorities in the field to define the ways in which sexual and gender diversity have contributed to the dynamics of American society, culture and nation, The Routledge History of Queer America is the finest available overview of the rich history of queer experience in US history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Having a Moment Four Decades in the Making
Don Romesburg

1 Colonial North America (1600s–1700s)
Richard Godbeer

2 Revolutionary Sexualities and Early National Genders (1770s–1840s)
Rachel Hope Cleves

3 Centering Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Queer History (1800s–1890s)
Clare Sears

4 Modern Sexuality in Modern Times (1880s–1930s)
Elizabeth Clement and Beans Velocci

5 Sexual Minorities at the Apex of Heteronormativity (1940s–1965)
Amanda H. Littauer

6 Gay Liberation (1963–1980)
Whitney Strub

7 AIDS and Action (1980–1990s)
Jennifer Brier

8 Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times (1970–2010s)
Margot Weiss

Spaces and Places

9 Queer Archives: From Collections to Conceptual Framework
Kate Eichhorn

10 Bodies
David Serlin

11 Organizations
Marcia M. Gallo

12 The End of Urban Queer History?
Kwame Holmes

13 Rural
Pippa Holloway and Elizabeth Catte

14 Queer and Nation
Eithne Luibhéid

15 Thinking Transnationally, Thinking Queer
Emily K. Hobson


16 Language, Acts, and Identity in LGBT History
Jen Manion

17 Transgender History (and Otherwise Approaches to Queer Embodiment)
Finn Enke

18 Lesbian History: Spirals of Imagination, Marginalization, and Creation
Julie R. Enszer

19 Bisexual History: Let’s Not Bijack Another Century
Loraine Hutchins

20 Queer of Color Estrangement and Belonging
Nayan Shah

21 Families
Daniel Rivers

22 Sickness and Wellness
Katie Batza

23 Criminalization and Legalization
Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock

24 Law and Politics: “Crooked and Perverse” Narratives of LGBT Progress
Marc Stein

25 Labor
Sara R. Smith-Silverman

26 Consumerism
Stephen Vider

27 Queer Performance and Popular Culture
Sharon Ullman

28 Public History and Queer Memory
Lara Kelland

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Don Romesburg is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University, USA.