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John D'Emilio

Born: 1948 in Bronx, New York
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: D'Emilio is a professor of history and of women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biography: John D'Emilio is one of the leading and best-known scholars in the area of GLBT studies. Many scholars consider him to be one of the founders of GLBT studies. In addition to being a scholar, he is a social activist who has dedicated a considerable amount of time to various activities helping both GLBT and mainstream social causes. D'Emilio is a professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago where his teaching centers on US history and gender studies.

  • -- Pulitzer Prize Nomination
  • -- Brudner Prize at Yale University, 2005 '''''The World Turned '''''
  • -- Lambda Editor`s Choice Award Literary Award, 2002 '''''Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities '''''
  • -- Stonewall Book Award, 1984 '''''Lost Prophet

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

John D`Emilio on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Creating change :
ISBN: 0312287127 OCLC: 52586953

St. Martin's Press, New York : 2002.

Recounts how gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans were able to make tremendous progress in gaining rights for themselves through public policymaking.

Intimate matters :
ISBN: 9780226923819 OCLC: 783150238

As the first full-length study of the history of sexuality in America, Intimate Matters offers trenchant insights into the sexual behavior of Americans from colonial times to the present. Now, twenty-five years after its first publication, this groundbreaking classic is back in a crucial and updated third edition. With new and extended chapters, D'Emilio and Freedman give us an even deeper understanding of how sexuality has dramatically influenced politics and culture throughout our history and into the present.--Back cover.

Intimate matters :
ISBN: 0226142647 OCLC: 37115017

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 1997.

Lost prophet :
ISBN: 9781439137482 OCLC: 894237762

Bayard Rustin is one of the most important figures in the history of the American civil rights movement. Before Martin Luther King, before Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin was working to bring the cause to the forefront of America's consciousness. A teacher to King, an international apostle of peace, and the organizer of the famous 1963 March on Washington, he brought Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence to America and helped launch the civil rights movement. Nonetheless, Rustin has been largely erased by history, in part because he was an African American homosexual. Acclaimed historian John D'Emilio tells the full and remarkable story of Rustin's intertwined lives: his pioneering and public person and his oblique and stigmatized private self. It was in the tumultuous 1930s that Bayard Rustin came of age, getting his first lessons in politics through the Communist Party and the unrest of the Great Depression. A Quaker and a radical pacifist, he went to prison for refusing to serve in World War II, only to suffer a sexual scandal. His mentor, the great pacifist A.J. Muste, wrote to him, You were capable of making the 'mistake' of thinking that you could be the leader in a revolution ... at the same time that you were a weakling in an extreme degree and engaged in practices for which there was no justification. Freed from prison after the war, Rustin threw himself into the early campaigns of the civil rights and anti-nuclear movements until an arrest for sodomy nearly destroyed his career. Many close colleagues and friends abandoned him. For years after, Rustin assumed a less public role even though his influence was everywhere. Rustin mentored a young and inexperienced Martin Luther King in the use of nonviolence. He planned strategy for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference until Congressman Adam Clayton Powell threatened to spread a rumor that King and Rustin were lovers. Not until Rustin's crowning achievement as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington would he finally emerge from the shadows that homophobia cast over his career. Rustin remained until his death in 1987 committed to the causes of world peace, racial equality, and economic justice. Based on more than a decade of archival research and interviews with dozens of surviving friends and colleagues of Rustin's, Lost Prophet is a triumph. Rustin emerges as a hero of the black freedom struggle and a singularly important figure in the lost gay history of the mid-twentieth century. John D'Emilio's compelling narrative rescues a forgotten figure and brings alive a time of great hope and great tragedy in the not-so-distant past.

Lost prophet :
ISBN: 0226142698 OCLC: 54960502

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 2004.

One of the most important figures of the American civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. the methods of Gandhi, spearheaded the 1963 March on Washington, and helped bring the struggle of African Americans to the forefront of a nation's consciousness. But despite his incontrovertibly integral role in the movement, the openly gay Rustin is not the household name that many of his activist contemporaries are. In exploring history's Lost Prophet, acclaimed historian John D'Emilio explains why Rustin's influence was minimized by his peers and why his brilliant strategies were not followedor were followed by those he never meant to help.

ISBN: 1138155357 OCLC: 982444237

ROUTLEDGE, [Place of publication not identified], 2016.

Sexual politics, sexual communities :
ISBN: 0226142671 OCLC: 39069536

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 1998.

With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities supplies the definitive analysis of the homophile movement in the U.S. from 1940 to 1970. John D'Emilio's new preface and afterword examine the conditions that shaped the book and the growth of gay and lesbian historical literature.--

The civil rights struggle :
ISBN: 0871964600 OCLC: 5264700

"The civil rights movement has had a profound effect on modern America, bringing important issues of individual rights and freedoms to the foreground and changing American attitudes. This book presents biographies of 83 men and women who are in the vanguard of that struggle, either as leaders of the civil rights movement or as heads of the opposition. Each portrait contains information on the individual's background and his career before becoming involved in the civil rights struggle. It then focuses on those events that gained the subject prominence in the movement. Participation in mass protests and organizational campaigns is discussed and attitudes about the philosophical disputes that divided both proponents and opponents during the postwar years are summarized. The profiles deal only with people whose careers centered around the civil rights struggle. Men and women who may have had an important impact on the movement but whose careers were focused elsewhere are not included. Thus no presidents are profiled; nor are such senators as Hubert Humphrey or Robert Kennedy, although that has an important impact on the movement. Supreme Court justices, too, are missing because civil rights was only one of the many issues with which they had to contend. The introductory essay provides an overview of major trends in the civil rights movement since 1945, traces the roots of the struggle and places them movement in the context of the times. This volume also includes a chronology of important events and a detailed bibliography of works on the movement and its personalities." -- Preface

The world turned :
ISBN: 0822329468 OCLC: 48965010

Duke University Press, Durham : 2002.

Distinguished historian and leading gay-rights activist D'Emilio show how gay issues moved from the margins to the center of national consciousness during the critical decade of the 1990s.