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Mara L. Keire’s history of red-light districts in the United States offers readers a fascinating survey of the business of pleasure from the 1890s through the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Anti-vice reformers in the late nineteenth century accepted that complete eradication of disreputable pleasure was impossible. Seeking a way to regulate rather than eliminate prostitution, alcohol, drugs, and gambling, urban reformers confined sites of disreputable pleasure to red-light districts in cities throughout the United States. They dismissed the extremes of prohibitory law and instead sought to limit the impact of vice on city life through realistic restrictive measures. Keire’s thoughtful work examines the popular culture that developed within red-light districts, as well as efforts to contain vice in such cities as New Orleans; Hartford, Connecticut; New York City; Macon, Georgia; San Francisco; and El Paso, Texas. Keire describes the people and practices in red-light districts, reformers' efforts to limit their impact on city life, and the successful closure of the districts during World War I. Her study extends into Prohibition and discusses the various effects that scattering vice and banning alcohol had on commercial nightlife.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. vi
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. INTRODUCTION: It’s A Wonderful Life: Red-Light Districts and Anti-Vice Reform
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. CHAPTER 1 Segregating Vice, 1890–1909
  2. pp. 5-22
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  1. CHAPTER 2 The Sporting World, 1890–1917
  2. pp. 23-50
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  1. CHAPTER 3 Race, Riots, and Red-Light Districts, 1906–1910
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. CHAPTER 4 The Vice Trust: A Reinterpretation of the White Slavery Scare, 1907–1917
  2. pp. 69-88
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  1. CHAPTER 5 The War on Vice, 1910–1919
  2. pp. 89-113
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  1. CHAPTER 6 The Syndicate: Prohibition and the Rise of Organized Crime, 1919–1933
  2. pp. 114-135
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  1. CONCLUSION: Progressivism, Prohibition, and Policy Options
  2. pp. 136-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-215
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  1. Essay on Sources
  2. pp. 217-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-231
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801898778
Related ISBN
9780801894138
MARC Record
OCLC
649906432
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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