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" distinctive 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 sooner than, by no means had they been as frank of their dialogue of the underworld, together with issues comparable 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 girls, 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, a lot of that have been written by means of different prostitutes able to percentage 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 because 1913, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute offers the memoirs of Alice Smith and a variety of letters responding to her tale. An advent contextualizes "A Voice from the Underworld" amid innovative period sensationalistic journalism and moving principles of gender roles, and divulges issues in Alice's tale that stretch to concerns dealing with intercourse staff today.
Published in collaboration with the California old Society
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