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"Alice + Freda Forever is a gut-wrenching story of love, death, and the dangers of intolerance." (Bustle)

In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation - it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her 17-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again.

Freda adjusted to this fate with an ease that stunned a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with each unanswered letter - and her father's razor soon went missing. On January 25, Alice publicly slashed her ex-fiancée's throat. Her same-sex love was deemed insane by her father that very night, and medical experts agreed: This was a dangerous and incurable perversion. As the courtroom was expanded to accommodate national interest, Alice spent months in jail - including the night that three of her fellow prisoners were lynched (an event which captured the attention of journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells). 

After a jury of "the finest men in Memphis" declared Alice insane, she was remanded to an asylum, where she died under mysterious circumstances just a few years later.

©2014 Alexis Coe (P)2020 Listening Library

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Absolutely amazing, very historical and also very engaging, great listen, if you liked “All Out” you will like this

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  • Sally M.
  • 21-10-20

Very dry and repetitive

This book started out interestingly enough but went downhill quickly. There seemed to be a mountain of facts but they became very dry and repetitive.

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  • Rebecca Graham
  • 22-02-20

Engaging and Historical

Really good book! Brimming with historical significance and extraordinarily engaging. Audible should’ve had Alexis Coe read it though.