Gay New York by George Chauncey
Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

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A fascinating look at a gay world that was not supposed to have existed, this book shows that gay life in prewar New York was extensively integrated into the straight world. Based on years of research, the book is the first to show the thriving urban gay male subculture that flourished prior to the gay rights revolution of our time.
 

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George Chauncey is Assistant Professor of U.S. History at the University of Chicago.
 
Published May 1, 1994 by Basic Books. 496 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Gay New York reconstructs prewar gay life through police records, newspapers, oral histories, the papers of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, diaries, medical records, and other fascinating primary texts.

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Chauncey reconstructs New York's pre-WWII gay community, revealing a group that was deeply involved in the city's social and cultural scenes.

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Mining oral histories, diaries, police records, newspaper reports, etc., University of Chicago historian Chauncey here re-creates the prototypical pre-WW II gay community in New York City, which participated actively in the city's social and cultural life, until restrictive legislation forced it ...

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George Chauncey's Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 engages all of these issues, stunningly expanding our historical understanding of the complicated ways in which gender and sex were constructed in the United States from the end of the nineteent...

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