Introduction: “A Class We Have Barely Mentioned”

in I've Got to Make My Livin'

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226055985
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226056005 | DOI:
Introduction: “A Class We Have Barely Mentioned”

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This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the sex work of African American women in Chicago between 1870 and 1930. It highlights the role of African American prostitutes in shaping the racial and sexual landscape in cities like Chicago in this period. This volume examines the struggles between white and black urbanites in response to the increasing visibility of African American women in the city's sex economy. It also highlights the importance of Chicago in the history of urban prostitution and anti-prostitution reform.

Keywords: sex work; African American women; Chicago; prostitutes; urbanites; sex economy; urban prostitution; anti-prostitution reform

Chapter.  6710 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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