Elly Bulkin: Jews, Blacks, and Lesbian Teens in the 1940s: Jo Sinclair’s The Changelings and “The Long Moment”
OutHistory presents an important original essay by Elly Bulkin about Jo Sinclair, pen name of Ruth Seid (1913-1995), a working-class Jewish lesbian writer. Sinclair's positive portrayal of 1940s lesbians, norm-breaking teens (mostly female), her fictional explorations of Jewish identity, and depictions of white racism and interracial relationships were risk-taking and ahead of her time. Seid’s “humanizing artistic vision” was shaped by the radical politics of her youth.
First published: 2016-1-29
Written by Elly Bulkin.