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- DescriptionThe American West of the nineteenth century was a world of freedom and adventure for men of every stripe-t least also those who admired and desired other men. Among these sojourners was William Drummond Stewart, a flamboyant Scottish bleman who found in American culture of the 1830s and 1840s a cultural milieu of openness in which men could pursue same-sex relationships. This book traces Stewart's travels from his arrival in America in 1832 to his return to Murthly Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, with his French Canadian-Cree Indian companion, Antoine Clement, one of the most skilled hunters in the Rockies. Benemann chronicles Stewart's friendships with such tables as Kit Carson, William Sublette, Marcus Whitman, and Jim Bridger. He describes the wild Renaissance-costume party held by Stewart and Clement upon their return to America-a journey that ended in scandal. Through Stewart's letters and vels, Benemann shows that Stewart was one of many men drawn to the sexual freedom offered by the West. His book provides a tantalizing new perspective on the Rocky Mountain fur trade and the role of homosexuality in shaping the American West.
- Author BiographyWilliam Benemann is the author of A Year of Mud and Gold: San Francisco in Letters and Diaries, 1849-1850, available in a Bison Books edition, and Male-Male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships.
- Author(s)William Benemann
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2012
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note10 photographs, 20 illustrations
- Weight517 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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