Working the Prostitution Economy, 1870–1900

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:
Working the Prostitution Economy, 1870–1900

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This chapter examines the racial structure of the sex economy in Chicago during the period from 1870 to 1900. It explains that African American prostitutes confronted a racial hierarchy that determined where they worked and how much they earned and highlights the racial segregation of the sex workers in the Levee district. It also mentions that African American prostitutes and brothels consistently charged the lowest rates for their sexual services. This chapter also describes who African American sex workers found ways to cross the lines that defined the economy's racial hierarchy.

Keywords: sex economy; racial structure; African American prostitutes; racial hierarchy; racial segregation; sex workers; sexual services; Levee district

Chapter.  13591 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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