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Unruly desires : American sailors and homosexualities in the Age of Sail / William Benemann.

Author/Creator:
Benemann, William, 1949- author.
Publication:
[San Francisco, California] : [publisher not identified], [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
xxvii, 328 pages ; 23 cm
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Subjects:
Sailors -- Sexual behavior -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Male homosexuality -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Homosexuality -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Homosexuality.
Male homosexuality.
Sailors -- Sexual behavior.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"In its voracious hunger to fill its decks and spars with the bodies of strong young sailors, nineteenth century maritime culture welcomed eccentrics, criminals, freaks and misfits. Sailors were to a large extent outcasts from society, but they were outcasts into a community of the marginalized, one that held very different values and expectations than the towns and villages from which the young men fled, a community that offered these men a tentative refuge. The United States Navy and the commercial maritime industry during the Age of Sail unwittingly created an environment where men who were attracted to other men -- later to be known as homosexual or gay -- could explore their sexuality at a distance from family and friends, with a freedom and openness they had never known on land." -- Amazon.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781712230398
1712230395
OCLC:
1141769059