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

Report Video Issue

People in this video

Books

  • Your purchase helps support C-SPAN

    Click here to learn how

    C-SPAN.org offers links to books featured on the C-SPAN networks to make it simpler for viewers to purchase them. C-SPAN has agreements with retailers that share a small percentage of your purchase price with our network. For example, as an Amazon Associate, C-SPAN earns money from your qualifying purchases. However, C-SPAN only receives this revenue if your book purchase is made using the links on this page.

    Any revenue realized from this program goes into a general account to help fund C-SPAN operations.

    Please note that questions regarding fulfillment, customer service, privacy policies, or issues relating to your book orders should be directed to the Webmaster or administrator of the specific bookseller's site and are their sole responsibility.

Hosting Organization

Series

More information about

Passing Strange

1,201 Views
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Pasadena, California, United States
First Aired:
Mar 07, 2009 | 11:58pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Aug 11, 2009 | 12:23am EDT | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Mar 07, 2009 | 11:58pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 08, 2009 | 8:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 09, 2009 | 4:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 05, 2009 | 11:14pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 14, 2009 | 9:57pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 15, 2009 | 12:43am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 16, 2009 | 1:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 17, 2009 | 9:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 10, 2009 | 9:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 11, 2009 | 12:23am EDT | C-SPAN 2
Purchase a Download

Passing Strange

  • MP3 audio - Standard
    Price:
    $0.99