New Book By Faculty Member Explores How LA's "Greenwich Village" Became Birthplace of Gay Rights Movement and Modern Identity Politics

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics, a book by Montclair State University history professor Daniel Hurewitz, makes the case that a small LA neighborhood in the first half of the 20th century gave birth to modern American identity politics.

The book recounts the all-but forgotten history of Edendale, a neighborhood that in the 1920s through 1950s was a vibrant enclave of gay residents, artists and political leftists.

As Prof. Hurewitz describes, this bohemian mix made a major social impact in their city and beyond, as the neighborhood produced the nation's first significant gay rights movement and spawned new notions of political identity that would in time help redefine politics in America.

The book expands upon Prof. Hurewitz’s dissertation, “Made in Edendale: Bohemian Los Angeles and the Politics of Sexual Identity, 1918-1953” which he completed while earning his doctorate in American History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

A review in the Los Angeles Times called Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics “An engaging, original book.” The book was on the newspaper’s best seller list for non-fiction.

Prof. Hurewitz’s is also the author of the 1997 book Stepping Out: Nine Walks Through New York City’s Gay and Lesbian Past, published by Henry Holt.

February 21 , 2007