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" particular Alice's humble Midwestern upbringing and her fight to discover aboveboard paintings, and candidly similar the harrowing occasions she persevered after getting into "the life." whereas prostitute narratives were released prior to, by no means had they been as frank of their dialogue of the underworld, together with themes corresponding to abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten legislation of the brothel. during 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 used to be remarkable: 4 thousand letters poured into the Bulletin, lots of that have been written by way of different prostitutes able to percentage their very own tales; and it encouraged what can have been the 1st intercourse employee rights protest in sleek history.
For the 1st time in print due to the fact 1913, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute offers the memoirs of Alice Smith and a variety of letters responding to her tale. An creation contextualizes "A Voice from the Underworld" amid revolutionary period sensationalistic journalism and transferring rules of gender roles, and divulges subject matters in Alice's tale that stretch to concerns dealing with intercourse staff today.
Published in collaboration with the California ancient Society
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Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute by Ivy Anderson,Devon Angus