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Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers,…
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Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for… (Original 2007; 2007. Auflage)

von Karen Abbott

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A vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to 20th-century modernity. Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history--and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago at the dawn of the 20th century, the Club welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons into a stately double mansion, and the Everleigh sisters treated their girls far better than most madams. But not everyone appreciated their attempts to elevate the industry. Their most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"--the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House, including the formation of the FBI.--From publisher description.… (mehr)
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Titel:Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
Autoren:Karen Abbott
Info:Random House (2007), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul von Karen Abbott (Author) (2007)

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I picked this book up because I was interested in learning more about Chicago in the era that it takes place. It tells a slightly fictionalized and sensationalized version of the story of the end of sanctioned prostitution in Chicago. Specifically, this book focuses on a specific brothel which existed in Chicago from 1900 to 1911. The Everleigh Club was run by two sisters who despised the typical practices of their profession, and catered to luxury tastes. They lied flagrantly about their pasts and origins, likely because their There were amusing plenty of racy and amusing anecdotes in this book, but there was also an overwhelming amount of sadness and misery. As much as the proprietors of that one particular brothel tried to mitigate the worst problems of prostitution in their facility, the whole institution was predatory and rotten in some awful ways. Much of the horrors of the profession are glossed over in this book, or only mentioned in the context of rumors and accusations. The book also covers some of the stories of the reformers who organized, lobbied, demonstrated, and ultimately caused the end of sanctioned prostitution, but their stories are secondary to those of the "Everleigh" sisters.

I wished that there had been less speculation and more cited facts, but I understand that it is impossible to find many sources of reliable information on a criminal enterprise whose members were deliberately deceptive about it afterwards. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
This book would have benefited from far more editing. ( )
  jmacccc | Apr 30, 2021 |
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  SamMusher | Sep 7, 2019 |
The novel reads like a text book at times. Yet, I found it surprisingly educational. I did not realize how naive I was about Chicago's history. The title is lengthy but the story does focus heavily on the sisters who worked as madams. Learning the city's history always fascinates me. ( )
  godmotherx5 | Apr 5, 2018 |
I found myself harboring serious sympathy for the harlots and madams researched for this book. My bias against Americans' and our tendency to be Puritanical about sex probably had something to do with this; however, at the very least it was entertaining. Abbott narrates her story in a similar vein as that of Erik Larson, author of "Devil in the White City," which was also about Chicago. Very enjoyable. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
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A vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to 20th-century modernity. Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history--and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago at the dawn of the 20th century, the Club welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons into a stately double mansion, and the Everleigh sisters treated their girls far better than most madams. But not everyone appreciated their attempts to elevate the industry. Their most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"--the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House, including the formation of the FBI.--From publisher description.

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