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 landscapes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 22mm | 358.34g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252075927
  • 9780252075926
  • 1,738,402

About Jeffrey Nichols

Jeffrey Nichols is an associate professor of history at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
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"A fresh, revealing overview ... Treats polygamy and prostitution issues with honesty, sensitivity, and a professional historian's eye for detail and documentation." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought "A useful contribution to the history of both commercial sex and western politics." Journal of American History "This admirable and sympathetic treatment of prostitution in Utah's biggest city is a welcome addition to the literature. Nichols has given us a well-documented business and labor history of the sex trade for his period." American Historical Review
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