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Left out : the politics of exclusion : essays, 1964-1999
Duberman, Martin B.
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First edition.
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New York, NY : Basic Books, [1999]

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xxv, 466 pages ; 25 cm
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1410 Lexile.
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For the past thirty-five years, activist and historian Martin Duberman has been witness to our country's tumultuous confrontations with a formidable array of shifting issues - equality for people of color, the feminist movement, the anti-war movement, the gay/lesbian and AIDS political formations. This selection of his previously published and revised work charts Duberman's own lifeline as well as those of the varied movements that tried to change the country's priorities and equalize its privileges. All of these essays, articles, and reviews, first published in such periodicals as The Nation, the New York Times , and The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review , have been amended for this publication and divided into pertinent categories. Duberman has written a special introduction, as well as introductory essays to each section of the book.

Author Notes

Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor of History at Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He is the founder and first director (1986-1996) of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School, the country's first such research center. Duberman has received numerous awards including the Bancroft prize and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his "contributions to literature." He lives in New York City.

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An award-winning historian who has written extensively on the African-American civil rights struggle, feminism, American imperialism and gay and lesbian liberation, Duberman is also a playwright (In White America) and distinguished professor of history at Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. This collection of 31 essays, book reviews and commentaries (many of which appear here in revised versions) chart nearly four decades of political conflict in the United States, in what amounts to an extended meditation on how "exclusion" has functioned as a pivotal force in U.S. history. A self-proclaimed radical who considers himself "a confirmed if qualified patriot... dismayed at our shortcomings... but a tempered optimist about our potential," Duberman sensitively portrays how the struggle for individual and collective freedom coexists with severe state and social oppression. In a 1964 essay, "The Northern Response to Slavery," he discusses why many antislavery Northerners refused to become abolitionists. In "The (Contested) New History of Gays and Lesbians," a 1998 piece in which he examines the philosophical and historical ramifications of labeling historical figures "gay," Duberman combines traditional academic research with common sense and finely tuned moral persuasion. From the student rebellions of the 1960s to the Vietnam War to the racism of the gay movement, he elucidates both the contradictions and shortcomings, as well as the enormous successes, of American radicalism and political struggles for freedom. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Author's Notep. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Part I Histories of Oppression
I Race
The Northern Response to Slavery (1964)p. 5
The Latest Word on Slavery in the United States (1974)p. 19
II Gender and Sexuality
Historical Interpretation and the Politics of Evidencep. 39
The "Father" of the Homophile Movementp. 59
Masters and Johnsonp. 95
Kinsey's Urethrap. 115
III Foreign Policy
Vietnam and American Foreign Policy (1967)p. 125
The Havana Inquiry (1974)p. 131
The Gulf War (1991)p. 143
Part II Sites of Resistance: The Sixties and Seventies
I The Black Struggle
"Moderation" versus "Militancy" (1964)p. 151
James Meredith (1966)p. 155
Taking Stock (1967)p. 161
Black Power and the American Radical Tradition (1968)p. 169
II Radicalism on Campus
"The Dissenting Academy"p. 191
On Misunderstanding Student Rebelsp. 197
An Experiment in Educationp. 217
Young Radicals: Politics or Culture?p. 229
The Shifting Mood on Campus in the Seventiesp. 237
Coda (1996): The Multicultural Curriculum
III The Emerging Gay Movement and Feminism
Sex and Love: Mailer/Miller/Millettp. 263
Feminism and Gay Men:p. 269
A. The Gay Academic Unionp. 269
B. The National Gay Task Forcep. 285
Sex and the Military: The Matlovich Case (1976)p. 297
The Anita Bryant Brigade (1977)p. 319
Part III Old Saws/New Refrains
I The Tenacity of Race
The Black Response to William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turnerp. 335
Racism in the Gay Male World (1982)p. 345
Writing Robesonp. 353
The "New" (1997) Scholarship on Race Relationsp. 369
II Reconfiguring the Gay Struggle
The (Contested) New History of Gays and Lesbiansp. 391
Breaking the Codes: Biography and Artp. 399
Epidemic Argumentsp. 407
III In Conclusion
The Divided Left: Identity Politics Versus Classp. 415
Notesp. 433
Indexp. 447