By Sharon E. Wood

Gilded Age towns provided impressive possibilities to women--but at a cost. As clerks, manufacturing unit arms, and execs flocked downtown to make money, they alarmed social critics and town fathers, who warned that self-supporting girls have been simply steps clear of changing into prostitutes. With in-depth examine attainable in simple terms in a mid-sized urban, Sharon E. wooden specializes in Davenport, Iowa, to discover the lives of operating ladies and the prostitutes who shared their neighborhoods.

The unmarried, self-supporting girls who migrated to Davenport within the years following the Civil warfare observed paid exertions because the beginning of citizenship. They took up the instruments of public and political existence to claim the respectability of paid employment and to confront the demon of prostitution. wooden deals cradle-to-grave pix of person women and women--both prostitutes and "respectable" white workers--seeking to reshape their urban and extend women's possibilities. As wooden demonstrates, notwithstanding, their efforts to rewrite the sexual politics of the streets met robust resistance at each flip from males protecting their political rights and sexual power.

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