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Male Male Intimacy In Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships

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Previously hard-to-find information on homosexuality in early America--now in a convenient single volume!

Few of us are familiar with the gay men on General Washington's staff or among the leaders of the new republic. Now, in the same way that Alex Haley's Roots provided a generation of African Americans with an appreciation of their history, Male-Male Intimacy in Early Ame
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Published March 12th 2006 by Routledge (first published March 10th 2006)
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Rebecca Dupont
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, queer
I found this book very informative about time period opinions, habits and expectations in community like and in areas like the military or pioneer relating to male/male relationships and intimacy. A few times the author went off on tangents that took awhile to relate back to the main topics.

However, there was a great deal of specific examples of male couples such as William North and Benjamin Walker; William Writ and Dabney Carr; particular people like Baron von Steuben, James Thomson Callender
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Stephen
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
A lively and and wide-ranging account of homoerotic aspects of early American culture and life. I was drawn to this book by a factoid I came across during the recent debates over gays in the military, that suggested Gen. von Steuben, who famously trained the Continental Army at Valley Forge, was gay. I was not disappointed, as the book does spend the better part of a chapter discussing this very issue. I will however only give the book three stars, as it could have benefited from more skillful e ...more
Susanne
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Social History and m/m Historical Romance
First off, this book does NOT try to see "Reds under the beds" everywhere. Just because two men are standing next to each other doesn't mean they were intimate. However, if you have a letter from one man to another where he fondly remembers their being "writhing bedfellows" or where one man says he'd like to show his love to another in actions rather than words, the author (and I agree) takes this as evidence of male-male intimacy. And it is found in the most astounding places!

This is a look int
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Catherine
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There's a lot of American history in this book that I never learned in school, and not all of it has to do with homosexuality. For instance, I learned to be grateful that my Maryland ancestors were next door to Philadelphia and not New England. I can see the more liberal attitudes of the "City of Brotherly Love" in my own family, including the "old folks."

Interesting stuff about Mormons too. They redefined marriage in more ways than one, and Joseph Smith interpreted the story of Sodom and Gomorr
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Karen
Dec 16, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Few of us are familiar with the gay men on General Washington's staff or among the leaders of the new republic. Now, in the same way that Alex Haley's Roots provided a generation of African Americans with an appreciation of their history, Male-Male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships will give many gay readers their first glimpse of #homosexuality as a theme in early American history.
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Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting. I learned a lot.
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