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By Sharon E. Wood

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

The unmarried, self-supporting ladies who migrated to Davenport within the years following the Civil battle observed paid exertions because the starting place 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 graphics of person women and women--both prostitutes and "respectable" white workers--seeking to reshape their urban and extend women's possibilities. As wooden demonstrates, in spite of the fact that, their efforts to rewrite the sexual politics of the streets met strong resistance at each flip from males protecting their political rights and sexual power.

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