Martin Duberman

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Martin Bauml Duberman (born August 6, 1930) is an American historian, biographer, playwright, and gay rights activist. He is Professor of History Emeritus at the Graduate School of the City University of New York and Lehman College and was the founder and first director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School.

He has written more than twenty books, including ones about James Russell Lowell (a National Book Award finalist), Charles Francis Adams, Sr. (Bancroft Prize winner), Paul Robeson, Stonewall, a biography of Howard Zinn and the memoir Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey. His play In White America won the Vernon Rice/Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway Production in 1963. He also won two Lambda awards for Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, an anthology he co-edited; and a special award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his "contributions to literature."[1]

In 1968 he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[2] Shortly afterward, he wrote in the Partisan Review "criticiz[ing] SNCC and CORE for being 'anarchists,' for rejecting the authority of the state, for insisting that community be voluntary, and for stressing, along with SDS, participatory instead of representative democracy."[3] He wrote that:[3]

SNCC and CORE, like the anarchists, talk increasingly of the supreme importance of the individual. They do so, paradoxically, in a rhetoric strongly reminiscent of that long associated with the right. It could be Herbert Hoover . . . but it is in fact Rap Brown who now reiterates the Negro's need to stand on his own two feet, to make his own decisions, to develop self-reliance and a sense of self-worth. SNCC may be scornful of present-day liberals and 'statism,' but it seems hardly to realize that the laissez-faire rhetoric it prefers derives almost verbatim from the classic liberalism of John Stuart Mill.

Duberman received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 2009.


  • Charles Frances Adams, 1807–1886, Houghton, 1961.
  • In White America (play), 1963.
  • The Antislavery Vanguard: New Essays on the Abolitionists (editor), Princeton University Press, 1965.
  • James Russell Lowell, Houghton, 1966.
  • Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community, Dutton, 1972.
  • Male Armor: Selected Plays, 1968–1974, Dutton, 1975.
  • Visions of Kerouac: A Play, Little, Brown and Company, 1977.
  • About Time: Exploring the Gay Past, Gay Presses of New York, 1986.
  • Paul Robeson, Knopf, 1988.
  • Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past (co-editor with George Chauncey and Matha Vicinus), NAL, 1989.
  • Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey, Dutton, 1991.
  • Stonewall, Dutton, 1993.
  • Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971–1981, Scribner, 1996.
  • Left Out: The Politics of Exclusion: Essays, 1964–2002, Basic Books, 2002.
  • Haymarket (novel), Seven Stories Press, 2004.
  • The Avenging Angel (a reconsideration of John Brown), The Nation, May 23, 2005.
  • The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, Knopf, 2007.
  • Radical Acts: Collected Political Plays, The New Press, 2008.
  • Waiting to Land: A (Mostly) Political Memoir, 1985-2008, The New Press, 2009.
  • A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David McReynolds, The New Press, 2011.
  • Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left The New Press, 2012.
  • Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, The New Press, 2014.


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