James Buchanan, A.B. Longstreet, and the Homosexuality of Antebellum History

Michael Bibler

Louisiana State University

I am an Associate Professor of English at LSU, and author of Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936-1968 (2009). This project is part of an ongoing reevaluation of queer sexualities in antebellum southern literature and culture.


This presentation asks what it means that James Buchanan is known as both America’s "worst" President (at least until Trump) and its first "gay" President. My aim is not to resolve the debate over whether Buchanan and his... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Michael Bibler (Louisiana State University)

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