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ISBN-13: 978-1580052245 ISBN-10: 158005224X Edition: First Printing

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  • Series: Seal Studies
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; First Printing edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158005224X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052245
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This books covers the the subject very well.
RitaMarie
I highly recommend this book if you desire to learn more of a part of our world's history that is not taught in our schools or colleges.
von Grim
A short but great summary of the growth of transgender activism in America from its beginnings to the early 21st century.
h. keith mephodie sterzing

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JVS on October 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Just when it seems like more and more publishers are publishing fewer and fewer books, and even less and less queer titles, Seal Press persists---thank goodness!!

Having had the chance on a few occasions to hear Stryker speak at various events, and being familiar with other work of hers, I wasn't surprised by her ability to engage me as a reader, or by the overall readability of Transgender History.

True, when you cram "history" (trans or not) into 153 pages, there are several things that you can focus on, and many other things you cannot. But, as primer/introductory text, Transgender History has a lot to offer.

People will certainly be drawn to the first chapter, "An Introduction to Transgender Terms and Concepts." While I am much more hesitant to provide my students with readings that present a list of terms and definitions (preferring instead that they encounter them in context, often in contradictory contexts that reveal their nuances), a general reading public will certainly appreciate the way in which Stryker is able to succinctly give them a working understanding of so many terms.

The second chapter, "A Hundred Years of Transgender History" is an amazing condensation of a lot of information. I have previously encountered much of the information that Stryker presents, but to have it all gathered here and in less than thirty pages is a feat! I particularly appreciated Stryker's attention to the ways in which medical science (and legislation over it) has increasingly played a central role in our everyday lives.

Chapter 4, "The Difficult Decades" highlights Transgender History's usefulness for contemporary Women's Studies and Gender Studies courses.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wildflowerboy on October 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
For readers interested in contemporary transgender history in the United States, this short and sweet book is an excellent introduction to the topic, covering all of the major political struggles, victories, backlash, and debates from the years just following World War II to the present day. In this book, you'll learn about important but little known transgender protests such as the riots outside Cooper's Donuts in LA in 1959, Dewey's lunch counter in Philadelphia in 1965, and the Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco in 1966, as well as the famous Stonewall Riots of 1968. Along the way, we meet transgender activists like Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Leslie Feinberg, Dean Spade, Imani Henry, Riki Wilchins, Lou Sullivan, Kate Bornstein, Beth Elliott, and many others, and political organizations like S.T.A.R., Transexual Menace, and the Queens' Liberation Front. In addition, Susan Stryker explores the transgender movement's relationship to feminism and gay and lesbian activism, discussing subjects like feminist transphobia amongst second-wave feminists, third-wave feminist inclusion, the impact of queer theory on the transgender movement, and the genderqueer phenomenon. Thank you Susan Stryker for this wonderful celebration of transgender history. It was both a joy to read and very educational!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Allen on January 8, 2009
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Written well for general information as well as utilizing it in the classroom. It is a very good resource for basic understanding. Wish that they had printed the material in a larger print format for the book.
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A thorough and highly illuminating history of transgender people as an inclusive whole. Starting from the middle of the nineteenth century and ending in the present, Susan Stryker presents an engaging account of events and people that have fallen from the public memory but nevertheless served in their own ways to create the transgender movement and community that we know today. Which isn't to say that more famous events and people are not represented here as well - Stonewall, Christine Jorgenson, etc. Even when dealing with heavily theoretical concepts, Stryker remains easy to follow and very interesting. Also, the graphs and excerpts from original sources were a great addition.
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By TimToTina on March 25, 2014
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It was a great book It gave a lot insights on the struggle of trans people I would urge people who wants more about transgenders to read it
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By Earth Worm on October 21, 2013
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I admire this woman's thinking and ability to articulate it. This book helped me to feel more culturally competent with regard to this marginalized population in need of broader empathy and structural support. Thank you, Ms. Stryker, for writing it.
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I wanted a crash course in history and this book served it's purpose. It is pretty opinionated, but it was informative and i the writing style was easy to read and comprehend. I recommend it.
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A short but great summary of the growth of transgender activism in America from its beginnings to the early 21st century.
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