Free Comrades

Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States 1895-1917

Terrance Kissack     2008     220p     6 x 9

By investigating public records, journals, and books published between 1895 and 1917, Terence Kissack expands the scope of the history of queer politics in the United States. The anarchists Kissack examines—such as Emma Goldman, Benjamin Tucker, and Alexander Berkman — defended the right of individuals to pursue queer relations, often challenging the conservative beliefs of their fellow anarchists as well as those outside the movement—police, clergy, and medical authorities—who condemned them.

In his book, Kissack examines the trial and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, the life and work of Walt Whitman, periodicals including Tucker’s Liberty and Leonard Abbott’s The Free Comrade, and the frank treatment of homosexual relations in Berkman’s Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist.



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