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  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Plume; Auflage: Reprint (1. Mai 1994)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0452272068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452272064
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,2 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 288.917 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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On June 28th, 1969, the Stonewall, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, was raided. But instead of the routine compliance expected by the police, patrons and a growing crowd decided to fight back. The five days of rioting that ensued changed forever the face of gay and lesbian life. This book tells the story of what happened at Stonewall, recreating those nights in detail through the lives of six people who were drawn into the struggle for gay and lesbian rights. Their stories combine into a portrait of the repression that led up to the riots, which culminates when they triumphantly participate in the first gay rights march of 1970.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 21. Juli 1998
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As a veteran of the opression of the Gay rights movement, I am gladdened to see the story of my brothers told in such a respectful way. I was there in 1969, alone and afraid, unable to communicate my true self to my friends and family. Well, Stonewall changed all that. Today because of the doors kicked open, I can be who I am, a gay, father of three with a great job and a responsible position in municipal government. Read this book if you don't know your roots, it'll change your life.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von L. Johnson (ljohnson56@hotmail.com) am 17. November 1999
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I loved this book...I read it once in my free time for myself and then we used it for my Social Movements class, which was amazing. We had gay and straight, male and female, reading this book and understanding why Stonewall occurred and why the gay and lesbian movement must continue. It was truly monumental...
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Interesting, But Misnamed And Oddly Lacking 17. September 2007
Von Gary F. Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
For those unfamiliar with the word, "Stonewall" was a gay bar of the 1960s Greenwich Village district in New York. Like most gay bars of its place and time, it was mafia operated and kept its doors open through repeated pay-offs to a corrupt police beaurocracy; even so, in an era when gays and lesbians were considered intrinsically criminal it was subject to repeated raids and its staff and customers were often arrested.

In the early morning hours of 28 June 1969, police officers conducted such a raid--but instead of encountering a fearful, easily managed crowd, they ran afoul of a handful of people who had had enough of police intimidation and harassment. The resulting confrontation spilled into the street and quickly exploded into a full-blow riot that continued on and off for several days.

Although it received little coverage by mainstream media, the incident was quickly recognized by many in the gay and lesbian community as a turning point, and the gay rights movement suddenly became activistic in tone. That activism would shape the drive toward decriminalization, an increasing openess, and a determination to obtain equal rights that continues to direct gay and lesbian issues to this day.

Given its central role in a controversial social movement, the Stonewall riots are more than worthy of a detailed examination by a major historian, and certainly Martin Duberman is all of that, a highly respected academian and noted author who is particularly noted for his documentation of the gay experience in 20th Century America. But in truth, you will find out very little about the riots from his 1993 book STONEWALL. In a 282 page text, neither Stonewall nor the riots are mentioned until page 181--and Dubberman's account of the riots is all of twenty pages long.

So what, then, is this book actually about? STONEWALL attempts to place the riots in historical context, and as such it is actually about the earlier gay and lesbian organizations, movememts, and leaders who by accident or design helped lead the gay community to critical mass. In an effort to render a sprawling subject more manageable, Dubberman focuses on six individuals: Yvonne Flowers, Jim Fouratt, Foster Gunnison Jr., Karla Kay, Sylvia Ray Rivera, and Craig Rodwell. In each instance Dubberman presents us with a general biography of each, interweaving one with another, showing how each person drifted into the movement--and then uses the overall narrative to create a portrait of gays and lesbians in the pre-Stonewall era and the impact the Stonewall riots had on their individual lives.

It is an interesting concept, but there is a significant problem. While all their stories are interesting, several of the people involved were neither part of the pre-Stonewall movement nor a factor in the riot, and the result is less of the hard fact that we want to see in favor of an excessively "political correct" array of characters whose stories never really seem to add up to any cohesive statement. While it will be interesting to any one who wishes to read in depth on the subject, this is not the text on the 20th Century gay rights movement with which to begin or end your reading.

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Interesting study and fascinating people 28. November 2001
Von "acrobaticcat" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a straight female raised in the bible belt, my level of education about the Gay Rights movement was at best minimal. We learned about Women's Rights and Civil Rights in school, but never Gay Rights. Anyway, I became very interested in Gay Literature earlier this year, and was often confused by references to Stonewall and other historical events/places/people.
Mr. Duberman's book, which, to be honest, I picked because it was the only book of its type available at the bookstore here in my small Texas town, was interesting and a fast, entertaining read. I especially liked the way Duberman followed a small group of people over a long period of time. Learning about an historical event through the eyes of people who were actually there gave me a far better understanding than a bland, general history might have.
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Personality in the Gay Liberation Movement's Early Years 25. März 2001
Von Steven S. Berizzi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The "Stonewall" in the title of this intriguing, if narrow, study by Martin Duberman was a mobster-controlled New York City bar which was the scene of a series of "riots" in the summer of 1969, now regarded as an important milestone in the movement for gay and lesbian rights. Duberman, who teaches at the City University of New York, has written extensively in the field of gay and lesbian studies, and this is one of his best-known books. This is more a work of anthropology than a comprehensive history of the origins of the gay liberation movement because it is built around a series of sketches of gay and lesbian life in New York in the 1960s. Duberman focuses on the lives of six gay and lesbian activists, and his research is prodigious, but, whether the lives he selected were representative of the times is subject to debate. In the preface, Duberman acknowledges the book's "emphasis on personality," and the story it tells also includes an interesting mix of petty mobsters and corrupt cops, as well as walk-on appearances by the famous and later-to-be famous, including future San Francisco Mayor Harvey Milk, Yippie leaders Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin, author Rita Mae Brown, and Jim Morrison, The Doors' front-man. But there is more to writing history than profiling the leaders even of great social movements.
Duberman is well aware of the important context surrounding the events about which he writes. According to the author: "'Stonewall' is the emblematic event in modern lesbian and gay history" because the series of riots "has become synonymous over the years with gay resistance to oppression." He asserts that his focus on individuals "will increase the ability of readers to identify...with experiences different from, but comparable to, their own." Although this is not, strictly speaking, a conventional work of academic history, Duberman makes some important, incisive observations. For instance, he briefly discusses what he refers to as "the endemic homophobia that characterized the black political movement" of the 1960s. (According to Duberman, Bayard Rustin, the principal organizer of the March on Washington in 1963, was ostracized after Rustin's sexual orientation was revealed.) In Duberman's view, the "new frankness about homosexuality" of the mid-1960s, "was part and parcel of a much larger cultural upheaval," and "the homophile movement" reflected and contributed to "the general assault on cultural values." And, according to Duberman, the direct-action tactics adopted by groups such as the East Coast Homophile Organizations were "inspired" by the efforts of militant students on college campuses and Freedom Riders in the south to achieve social justice in a different arena.
Focused as it is on the personalities of six activists, this book is, in some respects, less than the sum of its parts. I found it fascinating reading, but it is far from the whole story of the early years of the gay liberation movement. There can be little doubt about the importance of individual leaders in the emergence of gay and lesbian activism in the 1960s. However, there is much more to the history of gay resistance to oppression than the extent to which it affords readers the opportunity to identify with experiences different from, but comparable to, their own.
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Interesting, readable, and important 26. Juli 2004
Von andrewjack - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Yes, this is nonfiction. No, it is not in the least boring. By taking the history of a truly legendary event and splitting it up into 6 different personal histories, it becomes one big story made up of littler stories (obviously). Like an intricate quilt...each of the stories or patches is interesting and exciting enough but when added to others it becomes a really great story (quilt). Okay...that was probably a really corny analogy and not deserving of this awesome book.

Obviously Stonewall was the defining moment of the early gay rights movement so at times it can probably take on mythic proportions but when told through the eyes and mouths of these six altogether different and unique people it never becomes anything more than the human struggle and triumph that it was.

Comparing the events that happened in this book, and today, you have to be a fool to think that nothing has been accomplished. So much has. But so much more remains to be done. Pick up this book and discover the experience that is Stonewall.
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Authoritative Look at Stonewall and Its Place in LGBTQ History 15. August 2013
Von Melanie Marshall - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

It's June 28, 1969. At a gay bar called Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village, NY City's finest, the NYPD carried out a raid on the bar that should have been routine. After all the police had been raiding and harassing gay bars and establishments for years, so one more raid should have been nothing out of the ordinary. But in the early morning hours at Stonewall Inn, all of the intimidation, the constant harassment, was finally too much and in response to this raid the gay customers rioted. As the size and power of the demonstration grew, word that gays were fighting back spread throughout the city. Soon more men and women came and joined in the demonstration. Rocks were thrown at the police and shouts of "gay power" could be heard. Eventually, the NY Police Department sent enough reinforcements to quell the riot for the evening. But the next night brought a new uprising with the crowds swelling to well over 1,000 people. NYCPD Riot Squads were called in to stop the demonstrations but over the next four days, more protests continued throughout the city sparking intense discussions on gay civil rights and, the formation of gay activist groups determined to change the laws and societal outlook that looked at homosexuality as something to be outlawed and perverted in nature.

On the first anniversary of Stonewall, the first gay pride parade was held in throughout the U.S. in New York City near Stonewall Inn, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. Stonewall cemented itself as the spark that set off a gay revolution, the effects of which are still being felt today when the Supreme Court's decisions on the issue of DOMA and Prop 8 made history.

Martin Duberman uses 6 people whose lives began prior to Stonewall to chart the affect of the Stonewall riots on their lives and the community around them. The six key LGBT activists (Craig Rodwell, Yvonne Flowers, Karla Jay, Sylvia Ray Rivera, Jim Fouratt, and Foster Gunnison, Jr) are followed from their childhoods through their adult participation in the riots and the resulting civil rights actions.

On June 28, 2013, we mark the 44th anniversary of Stonewall Inn riots and the beginning of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, and yestrerday the Supreme Court of the United States struck down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and Proposition 8 in California declaring it unconstitutional. So it is fitting that today's review is Martin Duberman's Stonewall, a history of the riot that set off the gay civil rights movement.

Martin Duberman is the professor emeritus of history at the Graduate Center of the City University (CUNY), where he founded the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the first university in the United States to have a LGBT university based research center. An author of over 20 books and an politically active gay man, I would expect a detailed and revelatory account from Duberman of the events leading up to Stonewall. And that is what we were given in Stonewall. Martin Duberman states that he wanted to place Stonewall along a timeline of events instead of the Stonewall Inn demonstrations being the launching point of gay civil rights history. According to the blurb from the publisher:

Duberman does all this within a narrative framework of novelistic immediacy. Stonewall unfolds through the stories of six lives, and those individual lives broaden out into the larger historical canvas.

However, in trying to place the events at Stonewall within the context of GLBTQ history, Martin Duberman strays too far from the actual historic event and its ramifications, especially in a book titled Stonewall. Instead the author starts off with a cast of 6 individuals: Craig Rodwell who figured largely in the Mattachine Society and opened the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore, Yvonne Flowers who started the Salsa Soul Sisters, Karla Jay who was a member of the feminist collective the Redstockings and the Gay Liberation Front, Sylvia (Ray) Rivera the founder of STAR, the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, Jim Fouratt a hipster and major spokesperson for the Yippie Movement, and Foster Gunnison, Jr, who helped plan the first Christopher Street Liberation March along with Craig Rodwell.

Given this cast of remarkable men and women, I was expecting a narrative equal in intensity and emotion to the lives of the people it was following. Unfortunately, Duberman's years as a history professor prove to be the guiding touch of the narrative rather than a moving account of the events revealed. Divided into seven parts, each section relates a chapter in the lives of the people chosen. Part One Growing Up is exactly that, the early years of each person. And while I appreciated their struggles, the dry tone and "as told to" narrative dampens any emotion the reader might feel when coming across such events as Craig Rodwell's abandonment by his mother or Ray's abusive upbringing after his mother tried to poison him and then committed suicide. Each one of these individuals lives are made up of startling and often dramatic occurrences that breaking them up into sections succeeds in only removing some of the intensity. Also the interrupted flow of their backstory makes it hard to follow their lives in a fluid manner, something I would have preferred.

What makes this book fascinating and worth the price is the last three chapters. The first sections make interesting reading but the last sections bring vividly home the tumultuous times. That would be Part Six 1969 Part Seven Post-Stonewall 1969-1970 and Epilogue 1992. As the book heads into the 60's, the emotions and political upheaval of the times arrives in the narrative and the reader starts to really feel the events that came together that sparks off the riots of Stonewall rather than just understand them intellectually. I was especially enthralled by the early accounts of the people (the Mob) behind the operations at Stonewall Inn, the crime boss characters, the Drag Queens, just a remarkable group of people to gather under one roof. I wish I could quote the opening sections here but the DRM prevents me from doing so. But this is where Martin Duberman shines as a author as he walks you through the front door of Stonewall Inn. Here you learn about Fat Tony and Maggie Jiggs, the famous queen who worked the bar along with her lover Tommy Long, Maggie was the main supplier of the drugs her customers were so fond of. blonde, outspoken, and gregarious. Here is a short passage:

If you got the okay at the door--and for underage kids that was always problematic--you moved a few steps to a table, usually covered by members of what one wag called the Junior Achievement Mafia team. That could mean, on different nights, Zucchi,; Mario; Ernie Sgroi who always wore a suit and tie and whose father started the famed Bon Soir on Eighth Street; "Vito" , who was on salary directly from Fat Tony, was hughly proud of his personal collection of S.S. uniforms and Nazi flags, and made bombs on the side; or "Tony the sniff" Verra who had a legendary nose for no-goods and kept a baseball bat behind the door to deal with them. At the table you had to plunk down three dollars (one dollar on weekdays), for which you got two tickets that could be exchanged for two watered-down drinks. (According to Chuck Shaheen. all drinks were watered, even those carrying the fanciest labels.) You then signed your name in a book kept to prove, should the question arise in court, that Stonewall was indeed a private "bottle club". People rarely signed their real names. "Judy Garland", "Donald Duck", and "Elizabeth Taylor" were popular favorites.

And that is just the beginning of the real heart of the book, Stonewall Inn and its many and varied denizens. I found myself going back and rereading portions of these chapters where the people became real and the emotions behind the political activity felt as alive and new as those I saw on the steps of the Supreme Court yesterday as the decisions were announced that saw the end of DOMA and Prop 8.

For those born after Stonewall, this is an important window into the beginnings of the gay civil rights movement and the people who helped ignite it. For those children of the 60's and 70's, this will bring back memories of a time in our lives where everything was possible, and the times were "a changing". I found this to be a timely and compelling read and highly recommend it. Pick up your copy now.
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