At the turn of the twentieth century, two distinct, yet at times overlapping, male same-sex sexual subcultures had emerged in the Pacific Northwest: one among the men and boys who toiled in the region's logging, fishing, mining, farming, and railroad-building industries; the other among the young urban white-collar workers of the emerging corporate order. Boag draws on police logs, court records, and newspaper accounts to create a vivid picture of the lives of these men and youths - their sexual practices, cultural networks, cross-class relations, variations in rural and urban experiences, and ethnic and racial influences.
Peter Boag is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Environment and Experience: Settlement Culture in Nineteenth-Century Oregon (California, 1992).
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction PART I: WORKING-CLASS SAME-SEX AFFAIRS 1. Sex on the Road: Migratory Men and Youths in the Pacific Northwest's Hinterlands 2. Sex in the City: Transient and Working-Class Men and Youths in the Urban Northwest PART II: MIDDLE-CLASS SAME-SEX AFFAIRS 3. Gay Identity and Community in Early Portland 4. From Oscar Wilde to Portland's 1912 Scandal: Socially Constructing the Homosexual PART III: PROGRESSIVISM AND SAME-SEX AFFAIRS 5. Personality, Politics, and Sex in Portland and the Northwest 6. Reforming Homosexuality in the Northwest Epilogue. Same-Sex Affairs in the Pacific Northwest: 1912 and After Notes Bibliography Index