Race and the Reconstruction of the Urban Sex Economy, 1900–1915

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:
Race and the Reconstruction of the Urban Sex Economy, 1900–1915

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This chapter examines the role of race in the formation and eventual demise of the early-twentieth-century sex district in Chicago called the Twenty-Second Street Levee. It describes how African American prostitutes and their clients were pushed out of the economic and social landscape of the municipally tolerated red-light district by white vice syndicates and local police officials. This chapter also discusses the criminalization of African American prostitutes and the relocation of black sex institutions into nearby black neighborhoods.

Keywords: race; sex districts; Twenty-Second Street Levee; African American prostitutes; white vice syndicates; criminalization; sex institutions; black neighborhoods

Chapter.  9409 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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