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The Resource Harvey Milk : his lives and death, Lillian Faderman

Harvey Milk : his lives and death, Lillian Faderman

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Harvey Milk : his lives and death
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Harvey Milk
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his lives and death
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Lillian Faderman
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eng
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"Harvey Milk--eloquent, charismatic, and a smart-aleck--was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had not even served a full year in office when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk's assassination at the age of forty-eight made him the most famous gay man in modern history; twenty years later Time magazine included him on its list of the hundred most influential individuals of the twentieth century. Before finding his calling as a politician, however, Harvey variously tried being a schoolteacher, a securities analyst on Wall Street, a supporter of Barry Goldwater, a Broadway theater assistant, a bead-wearing hippie, the operator of a camera store and organiser of the local business community in San Francisco. He rejected Judaism as a religion, but he was deeply influenced by the cultural values of his Jewish upbringing and his understanding of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. His early influences and his many personal and professional experiences finally came together when he decided to run for elective office as the forceful champion of gays, racial minorities, women, working people, the disabled, and senior citizens. In his last five years, he focused all of his tremendous energy on becoming a successful public figure with a distinct political voice."--Dust jacket
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  • Faderman (The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle) profiles Harvey Milk (1930–78), the first openly gay supervisor of San Francisco, whose life was cut short when he was assassinated by a fellow elected official. This biography opens by describing Milk's grandfather's journey from Lithuania to the United States, then pivots to the politician's upbringing and relationship to his family. Faderman pays special attention to Milk's Jewish identity and argues that his devotion to the Jewish principle of repairing the world influenced his championing of marginalized communities, even though he was not an observant Jew himself. Fearing that his sexuality would not be accepted in 1950s Long Island, Milk drifted among jobs and became involved in New York's theatre scene. After moving to San Francisco, he found his true calling as an advocate for the gay community in his district. Faderman explores Milk's failed campaigns, personal relationships, and political challenges as he navigated the San Francisco political arena. His ambitious and driven nature shines throughout and Faderman does not gloss over his subject's faults. The volume ends with an analysis of Milk's legacy. VERDICT A thoughtful, nuanced portrait of a passionate and complicated man. Highly recommended for those interested in LGBTQIA history. --Rebekah Kati (Reviewed 05/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 8, p71)
  • /* Starred Review */ A new biography of the controversial and groundbreaking Harvey Milk (1930-1978). In this latest installment of the publisher's Jewish Lives series, LGBT historian Faderman (The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, 2015, etc.) focuses on one of the most revolutionary West Coast gay politicians of the 20th century. Born to a Jewish family, Milk struggled to find his place in the society that surrounded him, regardless of where he lived and went to school. As the author writes, "Harvey was steeped in Jewishness as a child....But his heart was not in it. He later claimed that he rejected religion because when he was twelve years old he ‘found out that religion was phony or hypocritical.' " Milk's ability to see things as they were—to see through the protective membranes of societal and cultural preconceptions—is what set him apart as a deeply insightful politician. He clearly identified the major issues in his community and addressed them head-on. Faderman deftly navigates us through Milk's incredible journey, from his days exploring the Navy's gay haven to his experience in the early 1970s in New York scrapping pennies to pay the rent on his Greenwich Village apartment to his arrival to California, where he quickly became a staple in the Castro District, the notoriously gay neighborhood in San Francisco. The author naturally devotes much of the text to Milk's political accomplishments, including his work against the discriminatory Proposition 6, voter registration drives, and, above all, being the first openly gay man elected as city supervisor. Though Milk's story is well-known, Faderman does a fantastic job at reanimating a story that reminds us that people can be truly tolerant—with the exception of the few—and that, with will (not money), anyone can effect change. Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2018)
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individual biography
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10665321
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Faderman, Lillian
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  • illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Jewish lives
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  • Milk, Harvey
  • Gay politicians
  • Politicians
  • Gay men
  • Jewish men
  • Gay liberation movement
  • Jewish gays
  • Jewish politicians
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his lives and death
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Harvey Milk : his lives and death, Lillian Faderman
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Introduction -- Part 1 A nice Jewish boy. The Milchs ; Deep, dark secrets ; Drifting ; Will-o'-the-wisps -- Part 2 "They call me the mayor of Castro street". "Who is this Mr. Yoyo?" ; Learning to put up the chairs ; Strike two ; Milk vs. the machine -- Part 3 A serious political animal. Victory ; Supervisor Milk ; Leading ; Dark clouds gathering -- Part 4 Martyr. "If a bullet should enter my brain ..." ; Aftermath -- Epilogue: Harvey Milk's legacy
Control code
000063913449
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 283 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300222616
Lccn
2017958760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Harvey Milk : his lives and death, Lillian Faderman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part 1 A nice Jewish boy. The Milchs ; Deep, dark secrets ; Drifting ; Will-o'-the-wisps -- Part 2 "They call me the mayor of Castro street". "Who is this Mr. Yoyo?" ; Learning to put up the chairs ; Strike two ; Milk vs. the machine -- Part 3 A serious political animal. Victory ; Supervisor Milk ; Leading ; Dark clouds gathering -- Part 4 Martyr. "If a bullet should enter my brain ..." ; Aftermath -- Epilogue: Harvey Milk's legacy
Control code
000063913449
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 283 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300222616
Lccn
2017958760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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