Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

Category: Book
By (author): Carter, David
Subject:  HISTORY / Social History
  HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  QUEER & TRANS / Non-Fiction
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Gay Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: May 2010
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 9.12in x 6.17in x 1.00in
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The Stonewall riots, commonly referred to as 'Stonewall', were a series of reactionary demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community against a violent police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in Manhattan, New York City. These riots, spearheaded by drag queens, transgender women of colour, effeminate young men, butch lesbians, sex workers, and homeless queer youth is widely viewed as the single most important event leading to a revolution for LGBTQ civil rights throughout North America and around the world. Based on hundreds of interviews, an exhaustive search of public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive historical research, this book brings the complex story of one of history's most revolutionary events to life.

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From The Publisher*The basis of the PBS American Experience documentary Stonewall Uprising. In 1969, a series of riots over police action against The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, changed the longtime landscape of the homosexual in society literally overnight. Since then the event itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little hard information available on the riots themselves. Now, based on hundreds of interviews, an exhaustive search of public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive research into the history and the topic, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution brings this singular event to vivid life in this, the definitive story of one of history's most singular events. A Randy Shilts / Publishing Triangle Award Finalist Riveting… Not only the definitive examination of the riots but an absorbing history of pre-Stonewall America, and how the oppression and pent-up rage of those years finally ignited on a hot New York night." - Boston Globe "
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"A terrific piece of nonfiction, a satisfying and illuminating document that will be referred to time and again." - The Advocate

"Considering all that went before, the ongoing repression and corruption, and the scent of social and political liberation in the air, Carter's eloquent account makes it clear that something was bound to catch fire...A complete, full-bodied portrait, with lots of flesh on the bones of a strong narrative structure." - Kirkus Reviews

"No matter what you may believe about the event, you will gain new insights. Historically important and socially significant." - Dallas Morning News

"A gripping, hour-by-hour reconstruction...this definitive account is long overdue but well worth the wait." - Richard Labonte, Bookmarks

"Stonewall presents a thorough and often compelling reconstruction of the nearly weeklong protest...provides thoughtful and sometimes delightfully quirky details about the era's gay culture and politics, Greenwich Village itself, and the New Yorkers - from mobsters to flame queens to cops - who that morning stumbled into history." - Providence Journal-Bulletin

"A beautifully written, suspenseful narrative that also meets the toughest tests of academic research." - Bay Area Reporter

Biographical NoteDavid Carter has had a varied career as a writer, editor, and filmmaker. He is the author of biographies of Salvador Dali and George Santayana, he edited and compiled Spontaneous Mind , a collection of interviews with Allen Ginsberg, and directed the film Meher Baba in Italy for Peter Townshend. Carter has a B.A. from Emory University and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in Greenwich Village in New York City. David Carter, a freelance writer and editor who lives in New York City's Greenwich Village, is the author of Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution .