OutHistory would like to publish an analysis with quotations and pictures (if available) of a 350-page, typed, single-spaced transcript of a young, professional, Pennsylvania man's diary dating from the late 1860s, when the author was in his 20s.
The diary starts by reporting the author's falling in passionately in love with another man, and continues on through his marriage, fatherhood, and death many years later.
My understanding of this diary's probably importance is that it may reveal how a young man, at this time in the U.S., before the construction of heterosex, homosex, and bisex, could fall in love with another man and not feel that his passion was sexual, and therefore bad and prohibited. But OutHistory is interested in whatever analysis a scholar comes up with. We seek a report of whatever length a scholar feels is necessary to describe this diary for a non-scholar audience.
I stress that preparing an entry for OutHistory that focuses on this man's falling in love with a man (and with a woman?) would require a scholar to read the whole enormous diary. However, the report produced for OutHistory will be supervised by several senior historians and can be listed on a scholar's resume and list of publications. A grad student might be able to use this diary as the basis for a much longer thesis.
OutHistory would like to be the first to publicize a report on this diary so we are not now publishing details about its authorship.
Jonathan Ned Katz
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*The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995)
*Gay/Lesbian Almanac: A New Documentary History (1983)
*Gay American History: Lesbian and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (1976)
*Coming Out! A Documentary Play About
Gay & Lesbian Life & Liberation (1972; published 1975)
*Inquest at Christiana: The Fugitive Slave Rebellion, Christiana,
Pennsylvania, September 11, 1851 (1974)
*Black Woman: A Fictionalized Biography of Lucy Terry Prince (1973) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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