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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  894 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. At a little after one a.m. on the morning of June 28, 1969, the police carried out a routine raid on the bar. But it turned out not to be routine at all. Instead of cowering -- the usual reaction to a police raid -- the patrons inside Stonewall and the crowd that gathered outside the bar fought back against t ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1994 by Plume Books (first published 1993)
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Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Duberman is a master at weaving together stories of individual lives to write history. He chose six disparate individuals - four men and two women - to tell the story of the development of the Gay Rights Movement. Stonewall refers to the riots that occurred from June 27-July 2, 1969 in and around the Stonewall bar in Greenwich Village. Duberman's history reveals that despite the fact that Stonewall is known as the event that started the modern Gay Rights movement, this is a great over simplifica ...more
Jun 05, 2007 rated it really liked it

If there's any one thing that has the potential to evoke instant violence from individuals, it's the idea of homosexuality. Today, nothing seems to polarize so many people. Anyone growing up has heard "fag" as a basic insult in the grammer of teenagers and beyond, and I really suspect there's a lot of people who are in the closet in some way that know that if they came out at all of even being remotely attracted to members of the same sex (however you want to define that), then they would becom
«It's time to start living the life you've imagined.»

Por el título, imaginé que se centraría únicamente en los disturbios de Stonewall, pero el autor nos muestra la vida al completo de seis personas que vivieron aquella noche, y aunque no sea algo que se me hizo aburrido de leer, sí es verdad que esperaba que la parte de los disturbios fuera más extensa o mejor explicada. Por otra parte, hubo cosas que no me gustaron mucho: como he leído en otras reseñas, el autor a veces se deja llevar por esas
Russell Sanders
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My copy of Martin Duberman’s Stonewall has sat on my bookshelf unread for almost twenty years. What prompted me to finally read it is two-fold: I realized that I knew almost nothing about the Stonewall Riots, and as a gay man, I should know; my next novel will end with this very important piece of gay history, so I needed to read this book as research. I was not disappointed and wish I’d read it years ago. Duberman’s book is an exhaustive history of that era of burgeoning gay rights. He cloaks h ...more
Harold Osler
Aug 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was ok but something about it put me off. I didn't endorse it to people like i do when I find something I like. It wasn't until I read an article by Jack Nichols basically laying this book's flaws out that it gelled for me. And after reading Mr. Nichol's points I had to agree. If anyone's interested here is his archived column

Basically his remarks are this;

For someone who makes a point out of being a historian Duberman is sloppy and dishonest.

May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book follows six diverse lives up to and through the Stonewall riots and the first Gay Freedom Day March. (Only later did the marches turn into "Pride" marches, a shift that bespeaks an egregious lack of taste and decorum, IMHO.) The descriptions of the subjects pre-Stonewall lives were reasonably interesting (except a few big chunks about organizing and infighting in the Homophile Movement that bored me to tears), but the best part was the riot itself. Oh, what I'd give to have seen the que ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Duberman’s classic work of nonfiction on the Stonewall Inn riots and the early years of the gay rights movement is now available as an e-book. I had heard of the Stonewall riots but never really learned anything about it so I thought I’d give this book a go. I am so glad I did. I had NO IDEA just how tough it had been for gay people in the 20th century. (Hi. I live in a bubble, but I’m trying, okay?) I mean, the stigma and shame and abuse, my God, how did they have the courage to wake up every m ...more
Craig Werner
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, sixties, gay
While the title might suggest this book is about the June 1969 riot that kicked the LGBT movement into a much higher gear, it's actually a much broader and deeper study of gay life in the 1960s. Building his story around six semi-representative individuals--he's careful to underline that they're evocative rather than inclusive--Duberman traces the complicated relationships between different parts of the "homophile" movement of the early 60s--the Matachine societies play key role. There was a maj ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Less a portrait of the Stonewall riots and more a history of the blooming gay rights movement of the sixties, Stonewall is solid in its presentation of the cultural atmosphere and the stories of six individuals deeply involved in activist activity. The events of Stonewall itself are given their own section in the book, although the conflicts and passions that set the stage are delved into and analyzed much more thoroughly, which is actually the most intriguing part of the read. The surrounding h ...more
Aug 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling history of the gay rights movement leading up to the riots at the Stonewall Inn and ending at the first Gay Pride marches in LA and NYC. Duberman follows the lives of six activists - from a tough queen raised on the streets to a conservative intellectual to reluctantly-involved black lesbian affected with Lupus to a militant, boisterous cohort of Abbie Hoffman. He offers an in-depth chronicle of the challenges of organizing, the repercussions of "coming out" and doesn't shy away fro ...more
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Martin Bauml Duberman is a scholar and playwright. He graduated from Yale in 1952 and earned a Ph.D. in American history from Harvard in 1957. Duberman left his tenured position at Princeton University in 1971 to become Distinguished Professor of History at Lehman College in New York City.
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