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Everleigh Club was one of the last to go, and signified the downfall of an era.
One of the criticisms of this book is that the author, Karen Abbott, takes a lot of liberties with, instagram, twitter, facebook, amazon, pinterest, get ready to clutch your pearls, because this tawdry piece of history is something you didn't learn in high school.They hired doctors to check out the girls and make sure they were healthy and free of disease; they fed the girls and the guests well, with legalized prostitution states totally sumptuous feasts that made me drool a little just from the description; and the decor was, literally.Why, then, is this book so current?Become a member of The Poetry Society of New York to receive complimentary admission to The Poetry Brothel, discount tickets for your guests, and other perks.Years later, when they changed their names and moved to Manhattan, their nude paintings and other erotica would be explained as relics handed down by dear old granddad.
Because everything and nothing has changed.
I personally like those kinds of novels, so that was pure heaven for me and kept the tone from being too dry (something I hate when reading nonfiction, because it makes me feel like I'm being lectured at, and then I get bored and inevitably.
The book describes a popular culture awash in wild tales of sexual abuse (described by an ex-mayor of Toledo as a sort of pornography to satisfy the American sense of news crusading reformers claiming God on their side, and deep suspicion of the threat posed.
People in power decided that vice was becoming too unpopular and they began systematically cracking down on pleasure houses as tales of "white slavery" (read: middle or upper-middle-class girls getting tricked into the sex industry by mustache-twirling con-artists) began saturating the papers, and putting fear.
Instagram, twitter, facebook, amazon, pinterest, get ready to clutch your pearls, because this tawdry piece of history is something you didn't learn in high school.
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Any tale of their accomplishments involves their great skill at co-opting opposition.I enjoyed learning more about an era that I didn't really know much about before this, and it was cool to learn where the phrase "poon tang" actually came from.In a book rife with quaint period details,.Abbott presents photographs of the clubs gaudy extravagance, drawings that alert innocent young women to the perils of white slavery and memorable johns like the Everleigh customer calling himself Uncle Ned.And she writes with frankness about the particulars of prostitution, although a misguided sense of decorum prompts her to use the word harlot incessantly.