Rupp, Leila J. and Susan K. Freeman (editors). “Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History”, (The Harvey Goldberg Series). University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.
Filling in the Gaps
While it is not yet taught in American classrooms and I have my doubts that it will ever be taught in classrooms, LGBT history gives us a fuller understanding of history as a whole and it provides a fuller contextualization for the modern world. This is the first book designed for university and high school teachers who want to integrate queer history into the standard curriculum. It contains inspiring stories, classroom-tested advice, and rich information and is therefore a valuable resource for anyone who thinks history should be an all-inclusive story.
“Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History” gives us so much insight for teachers and in the introductory essay, the editors show us why LGBT history is important and they give us the proper
global historical context, showing that same-sex sexual desire and gender change are not new, modern phenomena. The book is filled with ideas for teachers in diverse educational settings to provide narratives of their experiences teaching queer history. The book contains a topical section of seventeen essays on such themes as sexual diversity in early America, industrial capitalism and emergent sexual cultures, and gay men and lesbians in World War II. The contributors include detailed suggestions for integrating these topics into a standard U.S. history curriculum, including creative and effective assignments. A final section addresses sources and interpretive strategies well suited to the history classroom. For these reasons alone this is a welcome addition to the LGBT literary canon. It will help teachers at all levels navigate through cultural touchstones and political debates and provide a fuller knowledge of significant events in history.
The book combines the scholarship, methods of teaching, and source guides as this one does thereby making it an extremely useful resource. We also have resources that others have used. The book covers wonderfully the major questions in the field of LGBT history and also provides ideas for working with student-based challenges.