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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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Marching to a Different Drummer Lesbian and Gay GIs in World War II

Marching to a Different Drummer Lesbian and Gay GIs in World War II

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(p.85) Chapter 5 Marching to a Different Drummer Lesbian and Gay GIs in World War II
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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.8

This essay presents the first essay that Berube published based on the research that culminated in his award-winning book, Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II. Here, Berube draws on oral histories, correspondence, and other documentary evidence to reconstruct the experience of gay men and lesbians during World War II. Written in the tradition of the New Social History of the 1960s and 1970s, the essay relates the experience of ordinary Americans rather than the rich, famous, and powerful. Berube makes the argument that World War II was “a turning point” in gay and lesbian history and that it “lay the groundwork for gay life as we know it” by helping to build the urban communities of the postwar decades.

Keywords:   Berube, award-winning book, World War II, gay men, lesbians, New Social History

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