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Dishonorable passions : sodomy laws in America, 1861-2003

Author: William N Eskridge, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Dishonorable Passions the distinguished legal scholar William N. Eskridge Jr. examines the remarkable chronicle of sodomy legislation and its legacy today. Although the American colonies and the early states prohibited sodomy as "the crime against nature," they rarely punished such conduct if it was between consenting adults behind closed doors, By 1900, however, with the growth of urban areas, increased  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cases
History
Trials, litigation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William N Eskridge, Jr.
ISBN: 9780670018628 0670018627
OCLC Number: 191090440
Notes: The Cushing Library/Women & Gender Studies copy was acquired as part of The Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture.
Awards: American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards, 2009.
Description: ix, 514 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: American body politics and the crime against nature, 1861-81 --
From the sodomite to the homosexual, 1881-1935 --
The antihomosexual Kulturkampf, 1935-61 --
The case(s) against the crime against nature, 1935-61 --
Homo equality and sodomy reform, 1961-69 --
The crime against nature after Stonewall, 1969-75 --
Gay civil rights and a new politics of preservation, 1975-86 --
The crime against nature on trial, Bowers v. Hardwick,1986 --
The lawyers and sodomy come out of their closets, 1986-2003 --
Sodomy law at the Alamo, Lawrence v. Texas, 2003 --
American public law after Lawrence --
Lawrencee and popular constitutionalism.
Responsibility: William N. Eskridge, Jr.
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"In Dishonorable Passions the distinguished legal scholar William N. Eskridge Jr. examines the remarkable chronicle of sodomy legislation and its legacy today. Although the American colonies and the early states prohibited sodomy as "the crime against nature," they rarely punished such conduct if it was between consenting adults behind closed doors, By 1900, however, with the growth of urban areas, increased immigration, and the newly coined category of "homosexual," the emerging regulatory state began to target elements it considered "degenerates." During the McCarthy era, the slate essentially declared war of "homosexual" sodomites. The anti - homosexual campaign of the 1950s and the sexual revolution of the 1960s fueled a social movement that sought to overturn consensual sodomy laws. In a dramatic and unpredictable story, the campaign against sodomy laws was not successful until a conservative Supreme Court buried them for good in Lawrence v. Texas (2003)." "Featuring vivid portraits of both the hunted (including such figures as Walt Whitman, Margaret Mead, and Bayard Rustin) and the hunters (Anthony Comstock, Earl Warren, and J. Edgar Hoover), dishonorable passions is a landmark account of a seldom investigated but fascinating aspect of our history and a key battlefront in the struggle for personal freedom."--BOOK JACKET.

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