George Chauncey has risen to the pre-eminence of gay historians of American History, symbolized by his appointment as a regular, full professor in the Yale History department. Yale had sabotaged previous attempts to ensconce gay history there, made by Duberman, Boswell, and Kramer, so I'm especially pleased to see Chauncey established. Although he neglected the elite, his great history Gay New York taught me beyond reasonable doubt about the crackdown on gays, which began in the 1880's and reached its zenith in the 1950's. I am very excited for his long-awaited second volume, covering the period of the homophile and gay liberation movements, beginning from the end of his first volume and ending with the onset of AIDS, and I hope to learn as much from that as I did from the previous one.
- Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 Basic Books, 1995.
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