This presentation explores the passionate and tumultuous relationship between Erskine and Sara that spanned decades. Self-described pioneers in free love, the pair exchanged hundreds of letters that charted a new kind of romantic relationship while simultaneously uncovering contradictions with their deeply engaged political lives and ideals. Their story provides a profoundly personal look at a dynamic, and amazingly relevant, period in American history.
Sherry L. Smith is a University Distinguished Professor of History (Emerita) at Southern Methodist University. A historian of the American West and Native America, Smith's award-winning books include Hippies, Indians and the Fight for Red Power and Reimagining Indians: Native Americans through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940, both published by Oxford University Press. Her newest book, Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth Century America, will be released in August 2020. She lives in Moose, Wyoming, and Pasadena, California.
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