Movements and Memory: The Making of the Stonewall Myth

  title={Movements and Memory: The Making of the Stonewall Myth},
  author={Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Suzanna M. Crage},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={724 - 751}
This article examines why the Stonewall riots became central to gay collective memory while other events did not. It does so through a comparative-historical analysis of Stonewall and four events similar to it that occurred in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York in the 1960s. The Stonewall riots were remembered because they were the first to meet two conditions: activists considered the event commemorable and had the mnemonic capacity to create a commemorative vehicle. That this… 

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