Identity, Speculation and History: Adah Isaacs Menken as a Case Study

@article{Sentilles2006IdentitySA,
  title={Identity, Speculation and History: Adah Isaacs Menken as a Case Study},
  author={R. Sentilles},
  journal={History & Memory},
  year={2006},
  volume={18},
  pages={120-151}
}
This article explores the posthumous writings on Civil War period actress and poet Adah Isaacs Menken in order to examine the intersection of identity politics and the use of historical hearsay in scholarship. It investigates why and how particular stories persist and even expand in the absence of "hard" evidence. While Menken was known under many guises during the height of her national and international stardom, 1861–68, she is now arguably most famous as a Jewish or African-American poet… Expand

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