The Freedom of the Streets

The Freedom of the Streets

Gilded Age cities offered extraordinary opportunities to women--but at a price. As clerks, factory hands, and professionals flocked downtown to earn a living, they alarmed social critics and city fathers, who warned that self-supporting women were just steps away from becoming prostitutes. With in-depth research possible only in a mid-sized city, Sharon E. Wood focuses on Davenport, Iowa, to explore the lives of working women and the prostitutes who shared their… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

Collection: Gender and American Culture

Page count: 344 pages

Language: English


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