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Love on trial : an American scandal in black and white
Lewis, Earl.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [2001]

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xiii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Frank E. Merriweather Library HQ1031 .L655 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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When Alice Jones, a former nanny, married Leonard Rhinelander in 1924, she became the first black woman to be listed in the Social Register as a member of one of New York's wealthiest families. Once news of the marriage became public, a scandal of race, class, and sex gripped the nation--and forced the couple into an annulment trial. "A compelling read."--Boston Globe "This is a great story....Earl Lewis and Heidi Ardizzone tell it very well."--Chicago Tribune

Author Notes

Earl Lewis is dean of graduate studies at the University of Michigan.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Til Death Do Us Partp. ix
Chapter 1 Waiting for Leonardp. 3
Chapter 2 Who Was Alice Jones?p. 20
Chapter 3 Broken Promisesp. 40
Chapter 4 The Vamp and the Dupep. 48
Chapter 5 Concessions of Racep. 63
Chapter 6 Just a Commonplace Love Affairp. 79
Chapter 7 On the Face of Itp. 102
Chapter 8 A Man of Standingp. 118
Chapter 9 The Fallen Princep. 136
Chapter 10 The Last Veil Liftedp. 156
Chapter 11 Revelationsp. 175
Chapter 12 Before God and Man Be Fairp. 193
Chapter 13 Awaiting the Verdictp. 202
Chapter 14 The Trial Endsp. 216
Chapter 15 Spotlights Are Slow to Fadep. 234
Conclusion: The Last Wordp. 252
Afterword: Researching and Writing Love on Trialp. 261
Endnotesp. 264
Acknowledgmentsp. 286
Indexp. 291

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