By Gayatri Patnaik | A little over ten years ago, I found myself mulling over what kind of history books Beacon Press could successfully publish. With the incredible history titles published every year by both university and trade presses, what could Beacon do to distinguish our list in this competitive space? Certainly, the books would need to reflect Beacon’s progressive vision of social justice and also the inherently “cross-over” nature of our list. Cross-over in two senses—both in terms of the intellectually grounded but accessible writing, as well as our ability to find multiple audiences—trade, academic, and activist—for our titles.
By Michael BronskiIt is impossible to overestimate the effect of World War II on American culture, and in particular on lesbians and gay men. The United States entered World War II, which had been ongoing since September 1939, after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. This decisive turning point in U.S. history reordered American social life and mores, public and private space, and virtually all social interactions having to do with gender and sexual behavior.
By Michael BronskiThe HIV/AIDS epidemic and the success of the battle for marriage equality have been, over the past thirty-five years, the two events that have most affected LGBT lives. These two phenomena—first the spread of a deadly virus that has killed thirty-four million people worldwide and close to 660,000 in the United States, and second a prolonged, well-funded, culturally bitter fight to grant a basic right of legal contact to same-sex couples—are rarely linked in the political or public imagination. Yet, numerous cultural and social interconnections, resonances, and ramifications link these events.
Michael Bronski discusses how the violence of the Civil War influenced ideas of masculinity in America.
Graham crackers, Quakers, and anarchists: A conversation with Michael Bronski explores U.S. History through a queer lens.
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks gets a rave New York Times review, and author Jeanne Theoharis appears with another civil rights pioneer on Democracy Now.
Michael Bronski looks at some seemingly steamy letters between 18th and 19th century men.
Part three of an eight-part series of interviews with Michael Bronski about the A Queer History of the United States, this year's Lambda Literary Award winner for LGBT Nonfiction.
Michael Bronski talks about the terms Europeans applied--erroneously and pejoratively--to the Two-Spirit Native Americans they encountered.
In this first of a series of podcasts, Michael Bronski discusses A Queer History of the United States, and how his approach to history looks at American through a queer lens.
Michael Bronski was named one of the Out100 by Out Magazine. (Be sure to check out the full spread--some amazing photos!) Gender Outlaw Kate Bornstein, whose memoir will be published by Beacon Press in 2012, weighs in on a tricky...
A few moments from Michael Bronski's A Queer History of the United States.
Beacon Press is celebrating Pride Month with a giveaway. Enter to win an autographed copy of A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski, a book The Bay Area Reporter called "A monumental achievement." Watch our trailer for...
We note two important figures in America's queer history.
A selection of excerpts from new and backlist Beacon LGBT titles.
On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which is also the seventh anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts, Michael Bronski discusses the struggle for personal freedom for LGBT people.
Read an excerpt from Michael Bronski's new book, A Queer History of the United States.