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I've got to make my livin' : black women's sex work in turn-of-the-century Chicago

Author: Cynthia M Blair
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Series: Historical studies of urban America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia M Blair
ISBN: 022659758X 9780226597584
OCLC Number: 1076273918
Description: xiii, 322 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: "A class we have barely mentioned" --
"The sources of courtesanship": African American women's wage work, the informal economy and the search for independence --
Working the prostitution economy, 1870-1900 --
Race and the spatial boundaries of respectability --
Race and the reconstruction of the urban sex economy, 1900-1915 --
Leisure culture and the commercialization of black women's sex work, 1900-1920 --
Rage and rescue: African American anti-vice reform strategies --
"This way of livin' sure is hard."
Series Title: Historical studies of urban America.
Responsibility: Cynthia M. Blair.


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