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Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love (Wicked)

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Book News Annotation:

If William Penn could read this collection of tales about the city he founded on the principles of honesty and hard work, he would be appalled by its scandals--from brothels, con artists, and grave robbers for its renowned medical schools in the 19th century to a high society sugar daddy and murder case in the 1920s. Most chapters originated as articles in the Rittenhouse Sq. Review or as radio features on Creatively Speaking, to which Keels is a regular contributor. The book includes an early map of Philadelphia and other illustrations. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Prim and proper Philadelphia has been rocked by the clash between excessive vice and social virtue since its citizens burned the city's biggest brothel in 1800. With tales of grave robbers in South Philadelphia and harlots in Franklin Square, Wicked Philadelphia reveals the shocking underbelly of the City of Brotherly Love. In one notorious scam, a washerwoman masqueraded as the fictional Spanish countess Anita de Bettencourt for two decades, bilking millions from victims and even fooling the government of Spain. From the 1843 media frenzy that ensued after an aristocrat abducted a young girl to a churchyard transformed into a brothel (complete with a carousel), local author Thomas H. Keels unearths Philadelphia's most scintillating scandals and corrupt characters in his rollicking history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596297876
Author:
Keels, Thomas H.
Publisher:
History Press (SC)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
General
Subject:
World History-General
Series:
Wicked
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
125
Dimensions:
9.00x5.90x.40 in. .50 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Prim and proper Philadelphia has been rocked by the clash between excessive vice and social virtue since its citizens burned the city's biggest brothel in 1800. With tales of grave robbers in South Philadelphia and harlots in Franklin Square, Wicked Philadelphia reveals the shocking underbelly of the City of Brotherly Love. In one notorious scam, a washerwoman masqueraded as the fictional Spanish countess Anita de Bettencourt for two decades, bilking millions from victims and even fooling the government of Spain. From the 1843 media frenzy that ensued after an aristocrat abducted a young girl to a churchyard transformed into a brothel (complete with a carousel), local author Thomas H. Keels unearths Philadelphia's most scintillating scandals and corrupt characters in his rollicking history.
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