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Tinderbox : the untold story of the Up Stairs ... Read More

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Covington Branch 364.15234 F467t 2018 (Text) 33126022365245 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781631491641
  • ISBN: 1631491644
  • Physical Description: xxxviii, 343 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2018]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject: Gays > Violence against > Louisiana > New Orleans > History > 20th century.
Mass murder > Louisiana > New Orleans > History > 20th century.
Gay bars > Louisiana > New Orleans > History > 20th century.
Arson > Louisiana > New Orleans > History > 20th century.
Homophobia > Louisiana > New Orleans > History > 20th century.
Gay liberation movement > Louisiana > New Orleans > History > 20th century.

  • Baker & Taylor
    A reconstruction of the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans' subterranean gay community describes how the Up Stairs Lounge and dozens of innocent patrons were targeted in what became a catalyzing event in the gay liberation movement.
  • Book News
    Fieseler, a journalist, tells the story of the fire at the Up Stairs Lounge in New Orleans, a gay bar that sometimes doubled as a church, in 1973 by an arsonist, who killed 32 people in the largest mass murder of homosexuals in US history until 2016. Families were ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refused burial rights, some newspapers refused to mention homosexuality, and police never questioned the primary suspect. The fire and response to it spurred gay activism, but the story disappeared and did not receive political attention. Annotation ©2019 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
  • WW Norton
    Named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and Shelf AwarenessAn essential work of American civil rights history, Tinderbox mesmerizingly reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community.
  • WW Norton
    Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue- collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. The aftermath was no less traumatic—families ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights, the city impervious to the survivors’ needs—revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall. Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil-rights martyrs.

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