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City Of Sisterly And Brotherly Loves: Lesbian And Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 by [Stein, Marc]
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Marc Stein's City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves is refreshing for at least two reasons: it centers on a city that is not generally associated with a vibrant gay and lesbian culture, and it shows that a community was forming long before the Stonewall rebellion. In this lively and well received book, Marc Stein brings to life the neighborhood bars and clubs where people gathered and the political issues that rallied the community. He reminds us that Philadelphians were leaders in the national gay and lesbian movement and, in doing so, suggests that New York and San Francisco have for too long obscured the contributions of other cities to gay culture.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13355 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592131301
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (19 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviews 4 March 2012
By PhilGay - Published on
"Important and provocative, this book persuasively demonstrates that lesbian and gay history is central to understanding twentieth-century urban culture. And it rejects mere celebration for a more profound scrutiny that balances liberal against conservative aspects of the historical challenge to heterosexism, raising original, troubling questions about the compatibility of radical feminism and traditional gay politics. Deeply researched and trenchantly argued." Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall

"Stein's remarkable history of queer Philadelphia transcends the boundaries of place to enrich our understanding of gay and lesbian life in the U.S. from the 1940s to the 1970s. I learned much--for example, about the wide, national influence of Drum magazine and the hilarious details of the debate over the naming of the Walt Whitman Bridge." Jonathan Ned Katz, author of The Invention of Heterosexuality

"By leaving behind the 'gay meccas' of New York and San Francisco and training his gaze on Philadelphia, Stein has produced a gay and lesbian history that startles and informs. Not only has he found a vital social world with a rich and turbulent history, but he also challenges conventional notions about how radical--or not--the politics of gay liberation has been. What a paradox that, in the city of sisterly and brotherly love, bold lesbians and gay men broke through closet doors, challenged orthodox beliefs about sexual orientation, and yet left norms of gender difference as strong as before. There is much here to mull over and, hopefully, Stein's discoveries will lead contemporary lesbians and gay men to look more critically at where their politics are leading." John D'Emilio, author of Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities

"Aside from its virtues of charm, curiosity, and fluency, Marc Stein's book on the history of lesbian and gay experience in post-war Philadelphia is interesting for the way that it skilfully embodies several dominant tendencies in recent American historiography.... That it manages to do an excellent job on its selected theme illustrates just how apt these techniques are in the hands of the current generation of American cultural historians." Kate Fullbrook, The Times Literary Supplement

"An important contribution not only to gay and lesbian history but also to urban American history.... Provocative arguments.... A fresh interpretation of gay and lesbian history.... An excellent monograph that should serve as a model for future scholarship." Holly Baggett, TheJournal of American History

"Unique.... Convincing.... A crucial piece of history that has hitherto been missing from other accounts of lesbian and gay cultures and movements." Lillian Faderman, American Historical Review

"Stein is both a good historian and a good journalist.... An engaging study, one that will help to solidify the excellent scholarly and popular reputation of gay and lesbian history. Stein has pushed gay history in new directions.... A wealth of detail and information, and a good exampleof a local community study informed by national currents.... A model of painstaking research and lively writing and a welcome reminder of the pleasures of the local study." Karen Dubinsky, Social History

"Instructive.... Nuanced.... Careful.... Innovative.... Successful.... Highly original.... An important reference for those interested in U.S. gay and lesbian histories and histories of Philadelphia.... Sets an excellent standard for case studies of cities that have not been queerMeccas.... Innovative use of sources.... A very pleasurable read.... Oriented towards a wide audience.... Stimulating reading for the curious [that will] spark the imaginations of urban researchers elsewhere." Julie Podmore, Urban Studies

"A detailed study.... Will set the pattern for future studies of its kind.... Theoretically sophisticated yet accessible, it is important beyond the bounds of concern of gays, lesbians, or Philadelphia.... A dense, richly documented narrative.... Evocative, insightful prose. Highly recommended." David Azzolina, Library Journal

"Rich and meticulously researched.... Philadelphians should be proud of the courage and creativity with which their lesbian and gay fellow citizens coped with and fought oppression in the Cradle of Liberty, and Stein can clearly be proud of his pioneering book." Doug Ireland, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Eye-opening, often entertaining.... Filled with colorful anectodes and fun facts.... Delicious.... An act of public service." Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Gay News

"A fascinating study.... The first major study of the gay and lesbian community in a city other than New York or San Francisco.... Makes for fascinating reading.... An important urban study." Kevin J. Harty, The Gay and Lesbian Review

"[City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves] establishes Marc Stein as an important historian with a mind of his own and a subject that hasn't been touched before." Jesse Monteagudo, and TWN

"An accessibly written and painstakingly researched account.... Adds to our understanding of how people lived, loved, and organized before Stonewall in places other than New York and San Francisco."

"This is a really terrific book, enjoyable and educational." Teresa DeCrescenzo, Lesbian News

"Impressive detail.... An invaluable history of a complex urban community.... Juicy reading.... Challenges gay and lesbian historians to re-examine homophile activism more broadly." Libby Bouvier and Stephan Nonack, Committee on Lesbian and Gay History Newsletter

"A major contribution to lesbian and gay history.... Appealing not only for the student of gay and lesbian history, but also for women's studies.... Excellent evidence." Rebecca Alpert, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"A startling view of the social history of Pennsylvania's largest city.... A provocative study.... Fascinating.... Superb." Eric Ledell Smith, Pennsylvania History

"Most intriguing.... A work that immediately becomes a major contribution to queer/gay history.... There is a wealth of invaluable material here.... Stein's accomplishment is enormous.... Above all, his book is a thumping good read--I found it quite un-put-downable. City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves therefore, together with D'Emilio and Chauncey's great books, will be seen as one of the two or three indispensable studies in its field of the last twenty years, reminding us what an exciting time it is to be a scholar." Kevin White, Journal of Social History

"Stein uncovers a remarkable history.... Stein's book is full of political history, the personalities, the scandals, the deals, and a sense of this city in this time--the outsized troglodytes like Frank Rizzo and others--and a quite energetic gay and lesbian community with a long and important list of contributions. Stein has done an admirable job. His book is a lively and informed read." Calamus Bookstore E-Newsletter
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned SO much!!! 5 July 2015
By Clear Englebert - Published on
This is exactly the period that I like to zero in on in my gay studies, and this book is fabulous---slow going, but fabulous! "Gay LA" and "Gay NYC" were much easier reads, but this book is so worth the extra trouble. Stein unearths things that really matter in gay history, and is insightful in presenting his finds so that you have the social background to put things in perspective.