Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

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Gertrude Stein said, "Let me repeat what history teaches.  History teaches."  The mother of us all is right on, sister.  In 1969, a series of riots over police action against The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, changed the longtime landscape of the homosexual in society literally overnight. Since then the event itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little hard information available on the riots themselves. Now, based on hundreds of interviews, an exhaustive search of public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive research into the history and the topic, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution brings this singular event to vivid life in this, the definitive story of one of history's most singular events.

David Carter's careful research into the Stonewall Inn uprising of 1969, a pivotal event in gay rights history, culminated in this authoritative book on the subject and helped win the area in Greenwich Village where the episode occurred a listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove at New-York Historical Society features a outdoor exhibition that explores the lesbian and gay community that flourished during the 1950s in Cherry Grove through some 70 enlarged photographs and additional ephemera from the unique holdings of the Cherry Grove Archives Collection. On view May 14 through Oct 11, 2021.


  • 352 pages
  • 6.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • paperback
  • by David Carter 
Item Number: 12989