9780143116868

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143116868

  • ISBN10:

    014311686X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/26/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Martha A. Sandweiss is a professor of history at Princeton University. The author of numerous works on western American history and the history of photography, she lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Prologue: An Invented Lifep. 1
Clarence King and Ada Copeland
Becoming Clarence Kingp. 13
King of the Westp. 47
Becoming Ada Copelandp. 71
King of the Cityp. 97
James and Ada Todd
New Beginningsp. 131
Family Livesp. 158
Breakdownsp. 185
Endingsp. 212
Ada King
On Her Ownp. 247
The Trialp. 277
Epilogue: Secretsp. 302
Acknowledgmentsp. 307
Notesp. 313
Indexp. 359
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