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Prostitution, Polygamy, and Power: Salt Lake City, 1847-1918
by Jeffrey Nichols
University of Illinois Press, 2002
Paper: 978-0-252-07592-6 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02768-0
Library of Congress Classification HQ146.S27N525 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.7409792258

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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