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California History Social Science Framework Documents


California Framework (Adopted July 2006).  Organized by Chapters / Grades where U.S. History Taught:


Making the Framework Fair, California HIstory-Social Science Framework Proposed LGBT Revisions Related to the Fair Education Act (2014). Romesburg et al. 


California FAIR Act (Passed in 2011).  


LGBT American History Books



  • Bronksi, Michael. Queer History of the United States. Boston: Beacon Books, 2011.
  • Downs, Jim. Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation. New York: Basic Books, 2016.
  • Eaklor, Vicki L. Queer America: A GLBT History of the 20th Century. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2008.
  • Eisenbach, David. Gay Power: An American Revolution. New York: Carroll and Graf Publishers / Avalon, 2006.
  • Faderman, Lillian. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. New York: Simon and Shuster, 2015.
  • Katz, Jonathan Ned. Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. New York: Penguin Books, 1976.
  • Rupp, Leila J. and Freeman, Susan K. U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.
  • Stryker, Susan. Transgender History. Berkeley, Seal Press, 2008.


Cross Dressing Women in War

  • Boag, Peter. Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. 
  • Blanton, DeAnne and Laren Cook Wike. They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War. Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 2002. Google books: https://books.google.com/books?id=deYLGaWeUCcC 
  • Edmonds, Sara Emma. Nurse and Spy in the Union Army. 1865. https://archive.org/stream/nursespyinuniona00edmo#page/n7/mode/2up
  • Kneib, Martha. Women Soldiers, Spies, and Patriots of the American Revolution (American Women at War). New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 2004. 
  • Lowry, Thomas P. The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War. Mechanicsburg, Pa: Stackpole Books, 1994. 
  • Moore, Frank. Women of the War: Their Heroism and Self-sacrifice. Cincinnati: S. S. Scranton & Co., 1866. Google Books: https://books.google.com/books/about/Women_of_the_War.html?id=ymDhAAAAMAAJ 
  • Stiehm, Judith. It’s Our Military Too!: Women and the U.S. Military. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996.
  • Velazquez, Loreta Janeta. Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Otherwise Known as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford. 1876. Google Book: https://books.google.com/books?id=i7kNAQAAMAAJ 


Two-Spirit Native American Tradition

  • Jacobs, Sue-Ellen, Sabine Lang, and Wesley Thomas, eds. Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality. Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1997.  
  • Sabine Lang, Men as Women, Women as Men: Changing Gender in Native American Cultures. Texas: University of Texas Press, 1998.   


Westward Movement - Gold Rush

  • Boag, Peter. Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. 
  • Johnson, Susan Lee. Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2000.
  • Parkinson, Jessie. Adventuring in California.  Applewood Books, 2008. (Discusses lifelong partners James P. Chamberlain and Jason A. Chaffee who settled in California in 1852).   


Slave Life in America

  • Constantine-Simms, Delroy, Ed. The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2001.


Romantic Friendships Increase Women’s Rights (1890-1930)


Gays in the Military from the Civil War to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (1860-2010)


Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as it was Black (1917-1935)

  • Constantine-Simms, Delroy, Ed. The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2001.
  • Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, urban culture and the makings of the gay male world, 1890-1940.  New York: Basic Books, 1994. (Portions available on Google Scholar). 
  • Schwarz, A. B. Christa. Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance.  Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2003.  (Portions available on Google Scholar).


The Lavender Scare and the 1950s (1918-2011)




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