9 Books to Read After You Finish Watching The Gilded Age – Town & Country

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During the Gilded Age, Clarence King was known to many as a brilliant writer, prominent scientist, and gifted architect. Some might have called him a celebrity at the time, and Secretary of State John Hay even referred to him as “the best and brightest of his generation.” However, there was one aspect of King’s identity that he kept secret, and that was his race. For 13 years, King lived a double life, as Clarence King, the white explorer, geologist, and writer, and as James Todd, the Black steelworker and Pullman porter. Martha A. Sandweiss’s Passing Strange follows King as he moves across the color line, conceals his race from the public eye, and deals with the complexities of love, race, and deception.

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