Book Discussion on Passing Strange
Martha Sandweiss talked about her book Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line (Penguin Press;… read more
Martha Sandweiss talked about her book Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line (Penguin Press; February 5, 2009). In the book she recounts the life of 19th century geologist and surveyor of the American West, Clarence King, who lived a double life as a black Pullman porter and steelworker, James Todd, in order to marry his African-American wife. Clarence King kept his secret from his colleagues, family, and his wife, who believed her husband was James Todd until his death. Following her remarks she responded to audience members' questions.
Martha Sandweiss is the author of several books, including Print the Legend: Photography and the American West, the winner of the Organization of American Historians' Ray Allen Billington Prize. Ms. Sandweiss is currently an American studies and history professor at Amherst College. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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