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" specific Alice's humble Midwestern upbringing and her fight to discover aboveboard paintings, and candidly similar the harrowing occasions she persisted after coming into "the life." whereas prostitute narratives were released earlier than, 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 extraordinary: 4 thousand letters poured into the Bulletin, a lot of that have been written via different prostitutes able to percentage their very own tales; and it encouraged what could have been the 1st intercourse employee rights protest in smooth history.
For the 1st time in print due to the fact that 1913, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute provides the memoirs of Alice Smith and a range of letters responding to her tale. An creation contextualizes "A Voice from the Underworld" amid innovative period sensationalistic journalism and transferring rules of gender roles, and divulges topics in Alice's tale that reach to matters dealing with intercourse employees today.
Published in collaboration with the California old Society
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