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Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West

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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!

Book News Annotation:

Whether scorned as women of sin or politely referred to as upstairs girls, prostitutes played an interesting role in U.S. frontier society. An independent historian focuses on some of these colorful characters, their occupational hazards, and efforts made to reform them. Rutter includes a foreword by the head of American Studies at Brigham Young University, photos, a list of professional names (e.g., Squirrel Tooth Alice), and glossary of euphemisms for the world's oldest profession.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Whether scorned as women of sin or politely referred to as upstairs girls, prostitutes played an interesting role in U.S. frontier society. An independent historian focuses on some of these colorful characters, their occupational hazards, and efforts made to reform them. Rutter includes a foreword by the head of American Studies at Brigham Young University, photos, a list of professional names (e.g., Squirrel Tooth Alice), and glossary of euphemisms for the world's oldest profession. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560373575
Author:
Rutter, Michael
Publisher:
Farcountry Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
Prostitution -- West (U.S.) -- History.
Subject:
Prostitutes - West (U.S.)
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
9.00x6.08x.64 in. .71 lbs.

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Biography » General
Biography » Historical
History and Social Science » Americana » Western States
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History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
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History and Social Science » World History » General

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