In 1983, Buffalonian Bobby Uplinger and his lawyer, Bill Gardner, took Bobby’s case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bobby had been arrested for making a sexual invitation to an undercover cop, and he and Bill were intent on showing that this case–and the many others like it around the U.S.–was a violation of a gay man’s constitutional rights. In this episode, Averill and Sarah introduce an oral history the History Buffs collected from Bill Gardner about this case. Tune in to learn how Bill and Bobby’s story turned out.
Show Notes & Further Reading
William Gardner, Oral History Interview. Conducted by Averill Earls and Elizabeth Garner Masarik on behalf of the Buffalo Oral History Project, 22 November 2015, in the home of William Gardner.
Kennedy, Elizabeth Lapovsky and Madeline D. Davis. Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community. New York: Routledge, 1993.
In the Fall of 1980, serial killer Joseph Christopher set out on a racially motivated killing spree in Buffalo, NY. His horrendous acts inspired the city to rally together in the name of peace and to publicly condemn Christopher’s actions and his supporters. Join us as History Buffs Intern and Public History student Destiny Johnson frames an interview with Buffalo resident Ellie Dorrittie, who was there for it all.
In The Bank War, Paul Kahan explores the struggle between Andrew Jackson and the federal banking system. As History Buff Dan notes in his intro to an interview with Kahan, the Bank War was as instrumental in shaping U.S. history as the American Civil War. And Kahan weighs in on the $20 bill debate, revealing why it is a good idea to take Jackson off the federal currency.
Tommy and Marissa interview Jonathan Dewald, a historian, blogger, and Distinguished Professor at the University at Buffalo, about his highly anticipated new book, Status, Power and Identity in Early Modern France: The Rohan Family, 1550-1715. The result is a fascinating discussion about the Rohan family, which lived across eras that historians understand as vastly different. What can one family teach us about change over time?
Henri duc de Rohan | Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
Show Notes and Further Reading
Dewald, Jonathan. Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France: The Rohan Family, 1550-1715. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015.