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Stonewall

The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution
Carter, David (Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Baker & Taylor
An examination of the 1969 series of riots over police action against The Stonewall Inn provides a background of the mob-controlled Greenwich Village gay bar, the political and social elements that contributed to the riots, and the event's impact on subsequent attitudes. 10,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
In June of 1969, a series of riots over police action at The Stonewall Inn, a small, dank, mob-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York changed the longtime landscape of homosexuals in society, literally overnight. These riots are widely acknowledged as the 'first shot' that ushered in a previously unimagined era of openness, political action, and massive social change. From an era when lesbians and gays were routinely closeted and in fear of losing their jobs, their apartments, their families and even their freedom, these riots - barely covered in the media at the time - were the spark that led to a new militancy and openness in the gay political movement. The name "Stonewall" has itself become almost synonymous with the struggle for gay rights and, yet, there has been relatively little hard information generally available about the riots themselves.

For the first time, David Carter provides an in-depth account of those riots as well as a complete background of the bar, the area in which the riots occurred, the social, political, and legal climate that led up to those events. He also dispels many of the accumulated myths, provides previously unknown facts, and new insight into what is the most significant rebellion against the status quo until the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Based on over a decade of research, hundreds of interviews, and an exhaustive search of public and private records, Stonewall is the definitive story of one of modern history's most singular events.
David 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.
A Randy Shilts / Publishing Triangle Award Finalist
 
In 1969, a series of riots over police action against The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, forever changed the standing of homosexuals in American society. Since then, the rebellion itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little concrete information available on the riots themselves.
 
But with this important, long-overdue new study?based on hundreds of interviews, exhaustive investigations into public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive research into both the event itself and those it set in motion?Carter brings this singular moment to life in a detailed and definitive account of one of modern history's key social actions.
 
Stonewall gives us, at long last, the where and why and how of the beginning of the Gay Rights movement. 

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

 

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

"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
 
"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, 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
 
"Carter's vividly detailed report and prodigious research bring to life again this major, dramatic event in modern gay history. This was a riot heard round the world, and Carter has done it proud."?Jonathan Ned Katz, author of Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality
 
"A beautifully written, suspenseful narrative that also meets the toughest tests of academic research."?Bay Area Reporter
 


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In June of 1969, a series of riots over police action at The Stonewall Inn, a small, dank, mob-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York changed the longtime landscape of homosexuals in society, literally overnight. These riots are widely acknowledged as the 'first shot' that ushered in a previously unimagined era of openness, political action, and massive social change. From an era when lesbians and gays were routinely closeted and in fear of losing their jobs, their apartments, their families and even their freedom, these riots - barely covered in the media at the time - were the spark that led to a new militancy and openness in the gay political movement. The name "Stonewall" has itself become almost synonymous with the struggle for gay rights and, yet, there has been relatively little hard information generally available about the riots themselves.

For the first time, David Carter provides an in-depth account of those riots as well as a complete background of the bar, the area in which the riots occurred, the social, political, and legal climate that led up to those events. He also dispels many of the accumulated myths, provides previously unknown facts, and new insight into what is the most significant rebellion against the status quo until the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Based on over a decade of research, hundreds of interviews, and an exhaustive search of public and private records, Stonewall is the definitive story of one of modern history's most singular events.


Blackwell North Amer
In June of 1969, a series of riots over police action at The Stonewall Inn, a small, dank, mob-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York changed the longtime landscape of homosexuals in society, literally overnight. These riots are widely acknowledged as the 'first shot' that ushered in a previously unimagined era of openness, political action, and massive social change. Coming during a time when lesbians and gays were routinely closeted and in fear of losing their jobs, their apartments, their families and even their freedom, these riots - barely covered in the media at the time - were the spark that led to a new militancy and openness in the gay political movement. The name "Stonewall" has itself become almost synonymous with the struggle for gay rights and yet there has been relatively little hard information generally available about the riots themselves.
For the first time, David Carter provides an in-depth account of those riots as well as a complete background of the bar, the area in which the riots occurred, the social, political, and legal climate that led up to those events. He also dispels many of the accumulated myths, provides previously unknown facts, and new insight into what is the most significant rebellion against the status quo until the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Based on over a decade of research, hundreds of interviews, and an exhaustive search of public and private records, Stonewall is the story of one of modern history's most singular events.

Authors: Carter, David
Statement of Responsibility: David Carter
Title: Stonewall
the riots that sparked the gay revolution
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2004
Characteristics: 336 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-317) and index
Subject Headings: Gay liberation movement United States Lesbianism Homosexuality
Topical Term: Gay liberation movement
Lesbianism
Homosexuality
LCCN: 2004040226
ISBN: 0312200250
Branch Call Number: 306.766 C
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