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Rage and Rescue: African American Anti-Vice Reform Strategies

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226056005.003.0007
Rage and Rescue: African American Anti-Vice Reform Strategies

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This chapter examines the symbolic potency of the African American prostitute into the twentieth century. It describes the white and black responses to Chicago's racialized sex economy and the attack on prostitution. This chapter suggests that African American prostitution is at the center at the emergence of modern sexuality in early-twentieth-century America and shows that ideas of racial difference were at the core of modern sexual identities and practices for both white and black Chicagoans.

Keywords: African American prostitutes; racialized sex economy; African American prostitution; modern sexuality; sexual identities; racial difference

Chapter.  14345 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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