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My Desire for HistoryEssays in Gay, Community, and Labor History$
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Allan Berube, John D'Emilio, and Estelle B. Freedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834794

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877982_berube

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Introduction Allan Bérubé and the Power of Community History

Introduction Allan Bérubé and the Power of Community History

(p.1) Introduction Allan Bérubé and the Power of Community History
My Desire for History

Allan Bérubé

University of North Carolina Press

This book focuses on Allan Berube, a community historian who believed passionately in the power of history to change the way individuals and even whole groups of people understand themselves and their place in society. Berube projected a vision of history as a world-changing tool. The stories he told about the past—in public talks, in slide shows, and in writing—propelled people into varieties of activism. Berube built community wherever he went. In addition to the essays he published in the gay press and the talks and classes he gave on college campuses, for two decades he crisscrossed the country presenting highly popular historical slide lectures to lesbian and gay community audiences as well as to gatherings of union members and organizers. At the time of his death, Berube was in the middle of drafting an innovative book about the radical, interracial, and queer-friendly Marine Cooks and Stewards Union from the 1930s through the 1950s.

Keywords:   Allan Berube, community historian, power of history, world-changing tool, activism

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