Frick Readers' Series —Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line by Martha A. Sandweiss

Event information

October 17, 2020

Location
Education Center
Cost:
$13 members; $15 non-members and guests. Book not included. Advance registration and pre-payment required. Please select either the 10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session.
Description:
Join us this fall for our final Frick Readers’ Series session of 2020 as we discuss the biography Passing Strange by Martha A. Sanweiss. 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. Bring your insights, questions, and curiosity. Light refreshments provided.
Frick Readers' Series &mdash;<i>Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line</i> by Martha A. Sandweiss
The Frick Readers’ Series presents both fiction and non-fiction books that span themes and time periods, and bring to life characters and stories that spark imagination and encourage discussion. This facilitated group offers a comfortable atmosphere to engage with fellow readers without the obligation of a book club. Books are not included with registration, but copies can be purchased at the Frick Museum Store. Stop in or call 412-342-4030 to reserve your copy now.
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