The Resource Love across the color line : the letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis, edited by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz and Kathy Peiss

Love across the color line : the letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis, edited by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz and Kathy Peiss

Label
Love across the color line : the letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis
Title
Love across the color line
Title remainder
the letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis
Statement of responsibility
edited by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz and Kathy Peiss
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This book examines a remarkable collection of twenty-seven letters written by a white working-class woman to her African American lover in 1907 and 1908. Stuffed inside a black lace stocking, the letters were hidden under the floorboards of a house in Northampton, Massachusetts, until their recent discovery. Reflecting the passions and anxieties of the moment, the letters were written by Alice Hanley, the daughter of Irish Catholic immigrants, to Channing Lewis, a cook in Springfield. Since the thoughts and feelings of women like Hanley have usually been filtered through middle-class reformers, her words provide a rare window into a realm of American social life seldom explored by historians. The letters are accompanied by essays that skillfully probe their larger meanings. Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz introduces the letters, placing them in the context of their time, while journalist Phoebe Rolin Mitchell recounts the story of their discovery. Kathy Peiss explores Hanley's life, her negotiation of illicit love, and her desire for respectability, re-creating a dense and textured world of home, church, and town. Historian Louis Wilson unearths the trail left by Lewis and members of his extended family in Springfield. Reviewing the experiences of African Americans in that city, Wilson clarifies the economic, social, and political position of a black, middle-aged breadwinner during the difficult years of the early twentieth century
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
306.7/092/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ801.3
LC item number
.L68 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Love across the color line : the letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis, edited by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz and Kathy Peiss
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Louis Wilson
  • Introduction
  • Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
  • The Letters
  • Unraveling the Mystery of the Letters
  • Phoebe Rolin Mitchell
  • Love Across the Color Line
  • Kathy Peiss
  • The Springfield of Channing Lewis, A Colored Man
Control code
ocm43475534
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 144 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585083650
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36524761
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)43475534
  • acaebk0585083657

Library Locations

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