By Ivy Anderson,Devon Angus
In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin released a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who glided by the moniker Alice Smith. "A Voice from the Underworld" targeted Alice's humble Midwestern upbringing and her fight to discover aboveboard paintings, and candidly comparable the harrowing occasions she continued after getting into "the life." whereas prostitute narratives have been released prior to, by no means had they been as frank of their dialogue of the underworld, together with themes resembling abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten legislation of the brothel. in the course of the sequence, Alice strongly criticized the society that failed her and such a lot of different ladies, yet, simply as acutely, she longed to be welcomed again from the margins. The reaction to Alice's tale was once extraordinary: 4 thousand letters poured into the Bulletin, lots of which have been written through different prostitutes able to percentage their very own tales; and it encouraged what can have been the 1st intercourse employee rights protest in smooth history.
For the 1st time in print seeing that 1913, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute offers the memoirs of Alice Smith and a range of letters responding to her tale. An advent contextualizes "A Voice from the Underworld" amid innovative period sensationalistic journalism and transferring rules of gender roles, and divulges subject matters in Alice's tale that reach to concerns dealing with intercourse staff today.
Published in collaboration with the California historic Society
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Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute by Ivy Anderson,Devon Angus