Prostitution, Polygamy, and Power

Prostitution, Polygamy, and Power : Salt Lake City, 1847-1918

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After the transcontinental railroad opened Utah to large-scale emigration and market capitalism, hundreds of women in Salt Lake City began to sell sex for a living, and a few earned small fortunes. Businessmen and politicians developed a financial stake in prostitution, which was regulated by both Mormon and gentile officials. In this book, Jeffrey Nichols examines how prostitution became a focal point in the moral contest between Mormons and gentiles and aided in the construction of gender systems, moral standards, and the city's physical and economic more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162.1 x 237.7 x 26.7mm | 553.39g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025202768X
  • 9780252027680

About Jeffrey Nichols

Jeffrey Nichols is an associate professor of history at Westminster College in Salt Lake more

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"Professor Jeffrey Nichols has adeptly told this important and long-overdue history. His definitive history of Salt Lake prostitution belongs alongside the works of Anne Butler, Paula Petrik, and Mary Murphy." Montana, the Magazine of Western Historyshow more

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