Description - Victory Deferred by John-Manuel Andriote
There is no question that AIDS has been, and continues to be, one of the most destructive diseases of the 20th century, taking thousands of lives, devastating communities, and exposing prejudice and bigotry. But AIDS has also been a disease of transformation - it has fuelled the American national gay civil rights movement, altered medical research and federal drug testing, shaken up both federal and local politics, and inspired a vast cultural outpouring. This account of the epidemic is the history of both the destruction and transformation wrought by AIDS. John-Manuel Andriote chronicles the impact of the disease from the coming-out revelry of the 1970s to the post-AIDS gay community of the 1990s, showing how it has changed both individual lives and national organizations. He tells the story of how a health crisis pushed a disjointed jumble of local activists to become a nationally visible and politically powerful civil rights movement, a full-fledged minority group challenging the authority of some of the nation's most powerful institutions.
Based on hundreds of interviews with those at the forefront of the medical, political, and cultural responses to the disease, the text blends personal narratives with institutional histories and organizational politics to show how AIDS forced gay men from their closets and ghettos into the hallways of power to lobby and into the streets to protest.
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University of Chicago Press
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