By Ivy Anderson,Devon Angus

ISBN-10: 1597143618

ISBN-13: 9781597143615

Winner of the 2015 California ancient Society publication Award

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" distinct Alice's humble Midwestern upbringing and her fight to discover aboveboard paintings, and candidly similar the harrowing occasions she persisted 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 subject matters similar to abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten legislation of the brothel. through 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 unheard of: 4 thousand letters poured into the Bulletin, a lot of which have been written by way of different prostitutes able to proportion their very own tales; and it encouraged what could have been the 1st intercourse employee rights protest in sleek history.
For the 1st time in print for the reason 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 creation contextualizes "A Voice from the Underworld" amid revolutionary period sensationalistic journalism and moving principles of gender roles, and divulges issues in Alice's tale that stretch to matters dealing with intercourse staff today.

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