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New York v. Uplinger: Gay Rights at the Supreme Court

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. 

Race, Murder, and Protest in Buffalo 1980.

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.

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Show Notes & Further Reading

Hewitt, Christopher. Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology.

Rule, Shelia.”Slaying of 6 Blacks Brings Racial Tension to Buffalo.” New York Times. 11 Oct 1980. p25.

Rule, Shelia. “Carey Asks FBI for More Help on Murders in Buffalo.” New York Times. 16 Oct 1980. p B3.

The Bank War: Interview with Paul Kahan

In The Bank WarPaul 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.

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Show Notes & Further Reading

Kahan, Paul. The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight Over American Finances. Westholme Publishing, 2015.

Turning the Page with Jonathan Dewald


Dr. Jonathan Dewald, University at Buffalo

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.

Jonathan Dewald, “The Early Modern Period.”

Davis, Natalie Zemon, The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1983.

De Vries, Jan.  The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy, 1650 to the Present. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Lepore, Jill. “Historians Who Love Too Much: Reflections on Microhistory and Biography.” The Journal of American History 88.1 (2001): 129-44.

Sweet, James H.  Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Walkowitz, Judith R. City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

You can find Dr. Dewald’s blog here, and you can purchase his new book through Pennsylvania State University Press and other book sellers.

Background Music: “Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra Andante,” performed by Advent Chamber Orchestra. Public domain from the Free Music Archive.

Feature Image: Image from Henri duc de Rohan, Memoires of the Duke of Rohan, Gabriel Bedell and Thomas Collins, 1660.Public Domain.