Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West

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Farcountry Press, 2005 - 218 páginas
Prostitutes make up one of the most engaging chapters in the story of the American West. Upstairs Girls opens a window on the lives of these women for hire--why they turned to prostitution, who they worked for, and what their lives were like. Author and historian Michael Rutter offers a thorough history of prostitution in the West, with chapters on notorious madams, the hierarchy of prostitution, from parlor girls to streetwalkers, and occupational hazards such as disease and addiction. Rutter also unveils the brutal Chinese sex trade, which was little more than slavery, with women being shipped across the Pacific and bought and sold like material goods. The engaging and carefully researched background history leads up to the often heart-breaking and sometimes humorous profiles of the individual madams and prostitutes, from the famous Calamity Jane to the less-known Rosa May, from ruthless madam Ah Toy to mother of civil rights Mary Ellen Pleasant. Great photographs and illustrations!
 

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Upstairs Girls begins with a history of prostitution in the West. The different classes of prostitution are explained; although prostitutes were looked down upon, there were different classes of them ... Leer reseña completa

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This book addresses the interesting topic of what prostitution was really like in the American West. The author talks about the different kinds of prostitutes and how/why women became "upstairs girls ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

THE BAWDY WOMEN OF THE WEST
1
Shady Ladies on the Move
25
The Chinese Sex Trade
41
The Madams
52
Occupational Hazards
59
THE OTHER WESTERN WOMEN
78
The Moral Purity Movement
95
PROFILES ON PROSTITUTES
105
Ah
127
Mattie Silks
134
Annie Rogers
144
Calamity Jane
158
Poker Alice
169
Pearl Starr
175
Chicago Joe Hensley
182
Creative Professional Names
202

Julia Bulette
111
Laura Bullion
120

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