Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

When Martha Sandweiss was in graduate school, she read a biography of Clarence King, written in the 1950s. The book told the story of King’s work as a scientist, the expeditions he led that mapped the American west during and after the Civil War and his work as the first leader of the U-S Geological Survey… But out of the 400 pages, there were only 4 pages dedicated to his relationship of his wife of 13 years, Ada Copeland.