Passing Strange

Passing Strange

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

Format
ePub
Price
$13.99
 
Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781440686153
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

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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.

Passing Strange

Passing Strange

Martha A. Sandweiss

Awards

National Book Critics Circle Award – Winner
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