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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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No Race-Baiting, Red-Baiting, or Queer-Baiting!

No Race-Baiting, Red-Baiting, or Queer-Baiting!

The Marine Cooks and Stewards Union from the Depression to the Cold War

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(p.294) Chapter 16 No Race-Baiting, Red-Baiting, or Queer-Baiting!
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My Desire for History
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Allan Bérubé

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877982_berube.19

This essay shows how Berube put together a lecture illustrated with slides—as he did with his research on passing women, gay bathhouses, and World War II. Berube gave this lecture dozens of times around the country. This version of his talk on the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union provides an overview of the project. Its title suggests perhaps the key lesson that he extracted from this history: that solidarity across lines of difference is possible and necessary. Here was a working-class union that was multiracial, multiethnic, queer-inflected, and politically radical. In the Depression, its members drew strength from the unity they forged in the struggle to improve wages and working conditions.

Keywords:   Berube, women, gay bathhouses, World War II

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