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The White Devils’ Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco

  • Nechanic's Institute 57 Post Street - 4th floor meeting room San Francisco, CA, 94104 United States (map)

With an investigative historian’s sharp eye, Siler tells the story of both the abolitionists who challenged the corrosive anti-Chinese prejudices of the time and the young women who dared to flee their fate. She relates how the women who ran the Cameron House defied contemporary convention by physically rescuing children from the brothels where they worked or by snatching them off ships as they were being smuggled in–and how they helped bring the exploiters to justice. This is a remarkable chapter in an overlooked part of San Francisco history, told with sympathy and vigor.

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