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For Business and Pleasure

Red-Light Districts and the Regulation of Vice in the United States, 1890–1933

Mara L. Keire

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Mara L. Keire’s history of red-light districts in the United States offers readers a fascinating survey of the business of pleasure from the 1890s through the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

Anti-vice reformers in the late nineteenth century accepted that complete eradication of disreputable pleasure was impossible. Seeking a way to regulate rather than eliminate prostitution, alcohol, drugs, and gambling, urban reformers confined sites of disreputable pleasure to red-light districts in cities throughout the United States. They dismissed the extremes of prohibitory law and instead sought to…

Mara L. Keire’s history of red-light districts in the United States offers readers a fascinating survey of the business of pleasure from the 1890s through the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

Anti-vice reformers in the late nineteenth century accepted that complete eradication of disreputable pleasure was impossible. Seeking a way to regulate rather than eliminate prostitution, alcohol, drugs, and gambling, urban reformers confined sites of disreputable pleasure to red-light districts in cities throughout the United States. They dismissed the extremes of prohibitory law and instead sought to limit the impact of vice on city life through realistic restrictive measures.

Keire’s thoughtful work examines the popular culture that developed within red-light districts, as well as efforts to contain vice in such cities as New Orleans; Hartford, Connecticut; New York City; Macon, Georgia; San Francisco; and El Paso, Texas. Keire describes the people and practices in red-light districts, reformers' efforts to limit their impact on city life, and the successful closure of the districts during World War I. Her study extends into Prohibition and discusses the various effects that scattering vice and banning alcohol had on commercial nightlife.

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Keire's innovative and wide-ranging history makes For Business and Pleasure a welcome contribution to the field.

Keire's focus on the business of vice makes an important contribution.

An informative read.

This volume will provide students and generalists with an interesting overview of ant-vice reform approaches.

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248
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9780801894138
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: It's a Wonderful Life: Red-Light Districts and Anti-Vice Reform
1. Segregating Vice, 1890–1909
2. The Sporting World, 1890–1917
3. Race, Riots, and Red-Light Districts, 1906

Acknowledgments
Introduction: It's a Wonderful Life: Red-Light Districts and Anti-Vice Reform
1. Segregating Vice, 1890–1909
2. The Sporting World, 1890–1917
3. Race, Riots, and Red-Light Districts, 1906–1910
4. The Vice Trust: A Reinterpretation of the White Slavery Scare, 1907–1917
5. The War on Vice, 1910–1919
6. The Syndicate: Prohibition and the Rise of Organized Crime, 1919–1933
Conclusion: Progressivism, Prohibition, and Policy Options
Notes
Essay on Sources
Index

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