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" exact Alice's humble Midwestern upbringing and her fight to discover aboveboard paintings, and candidly comparable the harrowing occasions she continued after getting into "the life." whereas prostitute narratives have been released ahead of, by no means had they been as frank of their dialogue of the underworld, together with subject matters equivalent 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, lots of which 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 given that 1913, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute provides the memoirs of Alice Smith and a variety of letters responding to her tale. An advent contextualizes "A Voice from the Underworld" amid revolutionary period sensationalistic journalism and moving rules of gender roles, and divulges issues in Alice's tale that stretch to matters dealing with intercourse employees today.
Published in collaboration with the California historic Society
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