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

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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.

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Paperback. Pub Date :2010-1-1 Pages: 370 Publisher: Penguin The secret double life of the man who mapped theAmerican West. and the woman he loved Clarence King was a late nineteenth-centurycelebrity. a brilliant scientist and explorer once described bySecretary of State John Hay as the best and brightest of hisgeneration But King hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts andprominent family in Newport:. for thirteen years he lived a doublelife-the first as the prominent white geologist and writer ClarenceKing. and a second as the black Pullman porter and steelworkernamed James Todd. The fair. blue-eyed son of a wealthy China traderpassed across the color line. revealing his secret to his blackcommon-law wife. Ada Copeland. only on his deathbed. In PassingStrange. noted historian Martha A. Sandweiss tells thedramatic. distinctively American tale of a family built along thefaul...

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