Epilogue: “This Way of Livin' Sure Is Hard”

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:
Epilogue: “This Way of Livin' Sure Is Hard”

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This chapter focuses on the criminalization of African American prostitutes in Chicago which intensified after the closure of the Twenty-Second Street Levee in 1912. It discusses the challenges faced by the prostitutes and analyzes the connection among sex work, the criminalization of American African prostitutes and modern urban sexuality. This chapter also highlights the centrality of prostitution to a more complete understanding of the myriad oppressions and modest triumphs that working African American experienced in a modernizing city at the turn of the twentieth century.

Keywords: African American prostitutes; criminalization; Chicago; Twenty-Second Street Levee; sex work; modern urban sexuality; prostitution; working women

Chapter.  4542 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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