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The Lost Sisterhood

Prostitution in America, 1900-1918

Ruth Rosen

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Written by the historical editor of the highly acclaimed Maimie Papers, The Lost Sisterhood describes both the women who chose prostitution as a acreer and the middle-class reformers who sought to eradicate prostitution from the landscape of urban America. What these women thought, how they felt, and where they fit into a rapidly changing society combine in this richly textured description of a neglected aspect of women's history, one that also illuminates the origins of contemporary attitudes toward both prostitution and women in general.

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Rosen has broken entirely new ground in what will surely remain the definitive study of urban prostitution in America for many years to come.

An unusually interesting and revealing study.... The situation of the turn-of-the-century prostitute was a brutal metaphor for the situation of the turn-of-the-century American woman.... In The Lost Sisterhood, therefore, Ruth Rosen explores a far large subject than at first meets the eye.

It was as if all the world could be set right be making the brotherls dissapear from America's cities. Ruth Rosen, in her perceptive book... put[s] together a picture of the women and the urban subculture in which their work was rooter....The Lost Sisterhood is intelligent in its discussion of class attitudes and demystifying in its description of the economic basis of prostitution.

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9
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272
ISBN
9780801826658
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. From Necessary to Social Evil
Chapter 2. The Progressive Reaction
Chapter 3. Prostitution: Symbol of an Age
Chapter 4. The Lady and the Prostitute
Chapter 5. The

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. From Necessary to Social Evil
Chapter 2. The Progressive Reaction
Chapter 3. Prostitution: Symbol of an Age
Chapter 4. The Lady and the Prostitute
Chapter 5. The Commercialized World of Prostitution
Chapter 6. The Subculture of Prostitution
Chapter 7. White Slavery: Myth or Reality?
Chapter 8. The Lost Sisterhood: The Causes of Prostitution
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Ruth Rosen

Ruth Rosen is associate professor of history at the University of California, Davis.