Passing Strange A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

ISBN-10: 014311686X
ISBN-13: 9780143116868
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.968

The secret double life of the man who mapped the American West, and the woman he loved Clarence King was a late nineteenth-century celebrity, a brilliant scientist and explorer once described by Secretary of State John Hay as "the best and brightest of his generation." But King hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family in Newport: for thirteen years he lived a double life-the first as the prominent white geologist and writer Clarence King, and a second as the black Pullman porter and steelworker named James Todd. The fair, blue-eyed son of a wealthy China trader passed across the color line, revealing his secret to his black common-law wife, Ada Copeland, only on his deathbed. In Passing Strange, noted historian Martha A. Sandweiss tells the dramatic, distinctively American tale of a family built along the fault lines of celebrity, class, and race- a story that spans the long century from Civil War to civil rights.

Martha A. Sandweiss is professor of history and American studies at Amherst College.

Prologue: An Invented Life
Clarence King and Ada Copeland
Becoming Clarence King
King of the West
Becoming Ada Copeland
King of the City
James and Ada Todd
New Beginnings
Family Lives
Breakdowns
Endings
Ada King
On Her Own
The Trial
Epilogue: Secrets
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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