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Published in: November-December 2007 issue.


Long Before StonewallLong Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America
Edited by Thomas A. Foster
New York University Press. 405 pages, $25.


IN 1976, Jonathan Katz published one of the first comprehensive histories of same-sex sexuality in the United States. His Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. is credited with legitimating gay history as a viable subject for academic inquiry and providing a necessary starting point for this emerging field of study. Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America, contributes to and complicates this field considerably. Thomas A. Foster’s new anthology tackles a number of subjects not covered in previous works, collecting fourteen essays on subjects ranging from Spanish and Pueblo perceptions of same-sex sexuality in Colonial New Mexico to homoerotic depictions of the black male body in the early years of the Republic.

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