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A Restricted Country

A Restricted CountryJoan NestleFirebrand Books1987

This is the autobiography of Joan Nestle, working-class Jewish lesbian, writer, teacher, activist and co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York City.

A proud working class woman, an “out” lesbian long before the Rainbow revolution, Joan Nestle has stood at the forefront of American freedom struggles from the McCarthy era to the present day. 

“As a woman, as a lesbian, as a Jew, I know that much of what I call history others will not. But answering that challenge of exclusion is the work of a lifetime.” I wrote these words in 1986 and though historical attentions have shifted somewhat since then, they still embody my dedication to creating a more inclusive story of women and Jews.

Joan Nestle. Jewish Women’s Archives. Jwa.org.