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Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American…

Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West (edition 2005)

by Michael Rutter

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Title:Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West
Authors:Michael Rutter
Info:Farcountry Press (2005), Paperback, 120 pages
Collections:American West, US History, Your library

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Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West by Michael Rutter



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Upstairs Girls begins with a history of prostitution in the West. The different classes of prostitution are explained; although prostitutes were looked down upon, there were different classes of them. The book ends with short biographies of 14 prostitutes -- these stories include both the madams who owned or managed the houses of prostitution, and the common prostitutes. The book includes a helpful glossary of terms in addition to a bibliography and index. This book is a popular rather than a scholarly history; although there are quotations, the book lacks footnotes/end-notes, and the works some of the quotations are attributed to do not appear in the bibliography. ( )
  sallylou61 | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book addresses the interesting topic of what prostitution was really like in the American West. The author talks about the different kinds of prostitutes and how/why women became "upstairs girls." There are also several vignettes in the back of the book about famous prostitutes and madams.

The author could have really used a better editor, however; there were numerous punctuation mistakes. ( )
  schatzi | Oct 17, 2009 |
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Prostitutes make up one of the most engaging chapters in the story of the American West. Upstairs Girls opens a window on the lives of these women for hire. Historian Michael Rutter offers a thorough and fascinating history of prostitution in the West, with details on why women turned to this profession and what their lives were like. Chapters on the notorious madams, the tragic Chinese sex trade, occupational hazards, rowdy dancehall girls, and the efforts of the ''Moral Purity Movement'' supplement the heart-breaking and sometimes humorous profiles on some of the most famous madams and prostitutes in history.
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