THE GOTHAM CENTER FOR NEW YORK HISTORY -- Today on the blog, we talk to Marc Stein about his new book, The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History. In it, he compiles 200 documents that shed light on the years immediately preceding and after the events at Stonewall.
Stein is the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University.
“I see three primary impacts: mass mobilization, political radicalization, and social diversification,” Stein says. “As important as the riots themselves were, developments after the riots were key in what happened next. And it was really a year later, when the first pride marches took place, that Stonewall’s place in our collective imaginings of our history really strengthened.”