Love on Trial:
An American Scandal in Black and White
Heidi Ardizzone and Earl Lewis, W.W. Norton & Company
When a wealthy New York bachelor marries a working class nanny, it was big social news in the 1920s. A month after the wedding, the husband sues for annulment, claiming his wife defrauded him as to her racial heritage. Ardizzone, a visiting professor of American studies at Notre Dame, and Lewis, dean of graduate studies at the University of Michigan, dissect the true story and its social implications.
With 40 black-and-white illustrations that help the trial and people come alive.