Passing strange: a Gilded Age tale of love and deception across the color line

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Noted historian Martha A. Sandweiss tells the uniquely American story of Clarence King, a man who hid from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family the fact that he lived a double life-as the celebrated white explorer, geologist, and writer King and as a black Pullman porter and steelworker named James Todd.
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display_description "Passing Strange" is a uniquely American biography of Clarence King, who hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family: for 13 years he lived a double life--as the celebrated white explorer, geologist, and writer King and as a black Pullman porter and steelworker named James Todd. Clarence King is a hero of nineteenth-century western history. Brilliant scientist and witty conversationalist, bestselling author and architect of the great surveys that mapped the West after the Civil War, King hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent Newport family: for thirteen years he lived a double life--as the celebrated white Clarence King and as a black Pullman porter and steelworker. Unable to marry the black woman he loved, the fair-haired, blue-eyed King passed as a Negro, revealing his secret to his wife Ada only on his deathbed. Historian Martha Sandweiss is the first writer to uncover the life that King tried so hard to conceal. She reveals the complexity of a man who, while publicly espousing a personal dream of a uniquely American amalgam of white and black, hid his love for his wife and their five biracial children.--From publisher description.
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subject_facet African American women -- Biography, African Americans -- Race identity -- Case studies, Deception -- United States -- Case studies, King, Ada, -- 1860-1964, King, Clarence, -- 1842-1901, King, Clarence, -- 1842-1901 -- Marriage, Married people -- United States -- Case studies, New York (N.Y.) -- Biography, Passing (Identity) -- United States -- Case studies, United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century
table_of_contents An invented life -- Clarence King and Ada Copeland -- Becoming Clarence King -- King of the West -- Becoming Ada Copeland -- King of the city -- James and Ada Todd -- New beginnings -- Family lives -- Breakdowns -- Endings -- Ada King -- On her own -- The trial -- Secrets.
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title Passing strange : a Gilded Age tale of love and deception across the color line
title_display Passing strange : a Gilded Age tale of love and deception across the color line
title_full Passing Strange A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line, Passing strange : a Gilded Age tale of love and deception across the color line / Martha A. Sandweiss, Passing strange [electronic resource] : a Gilded Age tale of love and deception across the color line / Martha A. Sandweiss
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