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Who is Nancy Unger?

Nancy C. Unger is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Santa Clara University. She’s the author of two award-winning biographies, Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer; and Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer. Her book Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History includes a chapter on lesbian alternative environments and was a California Book Award finalist. With Christopher McKnight Nichols she edited A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. She is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and essays on the history of progressive reform as well as gender issues. Her op-eds applying lessons of the LGBTQ past to present-day problems have appeared in venues including, NursingClio, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Her illustrated talk on the importance of gay bars in American history and a sample LGBTQ History class were both nationally broadcast and are available in the C-SPAN TV online library. She has also consulted with Bill Moyers for PBS, and her radio appearances include Public Radio International, National Public Radio, KQED, Air America, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Talking History.
“LGBTQ History-Supporting Diversity in Research and Teaching, and Why It Matters.” Choice360. ProQuest, September 19, 2019.

This is a fabulous presentation, even with the plug for ProQuest's databases.

Gays and Lesbians in Early 20th Century America

Santa Clara University History Professor Nancy Unger talks about gays and lesbians in early 20th century America.

Women's Rights Activist Belle La Follette

Santa Clara University history professor Nancy Unger discusses women's rights activist Belle La Follette, who was politically active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Role of Gay Bars in American History

Professor Nancy Unger talked about the role of gay bars in American history. Professor Unger said that by the end of the 19th century, bars and clubs catering to homosexuals could be found in most major American cities.

American Women in Environmental History

Santa Clara University history professor Nancy Unger talked about the role of women in American environmental history, from the nineteenth century journeys across the prairies to the publication of Rachel Carson's seminal book, Silent Spring.

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