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Making Gay History: The Half Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights Paperback – May 28, 2002
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"[Making History] is a testament to the courage of individuals who have effected a positive change in our society." (Publishers Weekly)
"…Rich and often moving…at times shocking, but often enlightening and inspiring: oral history at its most potent and rewarding." (Kirkus Reveiws)
About the Author
Eric Marcus is the author of several books and coauthor of Breaking the Surface, the number one New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.
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For one thing, Mr. Marcus allows the characters in his work to speak for themselves. The author does remarkably little editing and most of that is setting the scene for each contributor. In all, over sixty individuals speak of their contributions to LGBT history. As Mr. Marcus puts it, "I'm offering just a taste as told through the stories and recollections of more than sixty people -- from high-profile leaders to the little-known and largely forgotten men and woman who contributed in ways big and small." This was enough to let me know that much of the material would be unfamiliar terrain, rather than previously read historical scenes told in a different way. But would it hold my interest? Mr. Marcus dispelled such concern in his introduction where he wrote,
"Here and there I lowered my bucket into the rich, swirling waters of the gay rights movement. And what I found was astounding, heartbreaking, thrilling and ultimately inspiring."
For the most part, his analysis of his work proved correct. "Making History" is a fascinating book that I found difficult to put down.
He begins with ". . . [T]he years immediately following World War II [which] proved to be an especially fertile time for those gay men and women who dared to imagine that something could be done to improve the challenging conditions under which many of them lived." His first story is the contribution of Dr. Evelyn Hooker.
A young gay man slowly worked his way into a close friendship with his teacher, Ms. Hooker. In time he was able to talk the psychologist into researching and writing what became a landmark study of gay men.Read more ›
I personally prefer "Making History" by the same author because the interviews appear all at once. This edition has events organized by date, which can be a little hard to follow.
There is an earlier version of the book which took a slightly different approach in its ordering of the interviews. The newest release of the book covers the new millennia and presents the interviews in the order of the events they discuss. I feel the new ordering is one of the things that helps makes this book more readable than the original, so, make certain you get the latest, updated, version.
This book and The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government.(Book review): An article from: The Historian are the two books i recommend to friends who want to learn about LGBT history. The two books are complements in that The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government.(Book review): An article from: The Historian covers in detail one period of LGBT history that has been all but lost, yet, it was important in driving the events presented in Making Gay History far more than the Stonewall incident.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really great chronical. So impressed with the courage of so many individuals who earned the rights for those of us who are lucky enough to enjoy the benefits. Truly informative.Published 26 days ago by Betty Rankin
Good primer on the gay struggle for civil rights from 1940s through 2000.Published 4 months ago by MikeSF
I'm in a LGBTQ History Course. We use this book for topics in class. An essential book to own.Published 4 months ago by Robert S.
The interviews in this book span decades and trace many facets of LGBTQ history. I found it very thoughtful, useful and inspiring. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rowan Fairgrove
This is truly a great book to read! I was searching for a book to use for my research paper and was thankful that I found this!Published 10 months ago by Tori