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The Gilded Age Construction of American Homophobia

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The Gilded Age Roots of American Homophobia is an analysis of the negative response to the discovery of the homosexual in late 19th century America. This book investigates the responses of the emergent medical community to this problem, and concludes with a discussion of how the negative reception of the homosexual impacted the future social conception of gay men and wome
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 28th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 2003)
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Hatheway's short, and far too expensive, book is billed as a look at the origins of homophobia in America. However, the real focus of the book is far more narrow, the invention of the idea of a homosexual identity by the late nineteenth century medical community.

Hatheway begins with an overview of 19th century social change and specifically, developments in the medical profession. This information will be familiar to many readers, but it is relevant to the author's argument that the new view of
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Professor of History at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, and author of books on gays and the German SS, or Schutzstaffel.


Grew up in oil fields of Iran; went to high school in Rome, Italy; 4 year ROTC scholarship to Claremont Men's (now: McKenna) College, then commissioned lieutenant in US Army, assigned to 10th Special Forces Detachment (Airborne), Europe as, first, executive officer of o
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