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"A must-read for those interested in social movements and American politics since the 1960s. Shifting attention from San Francisco and New York to the more representative Chicago, Queer Clout reveals the surprising coalitions that enabled LGBTQ voters to become a pivotal political constituency. Stewart-Winter tells a fascinating story, rich in inspiration and cautionary experiences alike."—Nancy MacLean, author of Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace



"Queer Clout is original, important, and unfailingly smart. It is the first archive-based study of urban gay politics between the 1960s and 1990s. Historians of sexuality, cities, and American politics will all need to read this book."—Robert Self, Brown University

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Timothy Stewart-Winter teaches history at Rutgers University-Newark.
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  • Series: Politics and Culture in Modern America
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (January 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812247914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812247916
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Gary T. Johnson on February 13, 2016
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“ The path of gays and lesbians to political power led through city hall and developed primarily in response to the constant threat of arrest under which they lived.” With this thesis, Timothy Stewart-Winter offers a carefully-researched and richly-textured account of rising gay political power in post-war Chicago. Students of urban history will find familiar themes, such as the politics of a group that migrated to the city. Students of the civil rights movement will recognize their own patterns of movement politics playing out in a different setting. Well-known political figures have roles, such as Alderman Cliff Kelley, an African-American who allied with LGBT communities. Mayor Richard M. Daley’s relations with those communities were bumpy at first but by 1991 he was hosting the induction ceremony for the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, the first event of its kind in an American city. While the author weaves his account into the political life of the city, he brilliantly pieces together the stories of the communities themselves, with milestones such as the portrayal of the gay and lesbian political “Gang of Four” on the cover of the Chicago Tribune Magazine’s edition of February 7, 1993. Archival and oral history resources in the hands of an expert researcher made this book possible, but when scholars in other cities follow Stewart-Winter’s lead, as I know they will, I wonder what resources will be available to them. Again, the LGBT community might look to the the African American community for a model. There, they will find The History Makers, which has built the nation’s largest African American video oral history collection.
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Much can be learned in the depths of Winter! Timothy Stewart-Winter offers a first rate study of the alliance between gays and lesbians and African Americans during the changing politics of a big city machine. Queer Clout is a welcome addition to urban history, politics, and LGBT studies reading lists. The book is also lively enough to appeal to the casual reader. Bravo!
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