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Author Morgan, Lael.

Title Wanton West : madams, money, murder, and the wild women of Montana's frontier / Lael Morgan
Published Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 304 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: Sinful cities, 1863-1919 -- Prologue: Madeleine : a self-made woman, 1894 -- The summer women of Helena, 1867 -- Butte, the black heart of Montana, 1877 -- Miles City and the Wild West, 1880 -- Last of the silver years, 1887 -- The celestial sex trade, 1900 -- Respectable purple paths, 1900 -- Reflection, 1900 -- The beginning of the end, 1911 -- New options, 1916 -- Epilogue: The wages of sin -- Major players: The women and men who made the most of a wild frontier -- Time line: From the brothels to the Congress
Summary Providing new insights into women's struggle for equality, this historical study shows the true story of the women of old Montana. With few career options available in the 19th century, many of the most independent and enterprising women turned to the world's oldest profession for a lucrative source of income. Author Lael Morgan brings to life the lively and eccentric characters who tamed the West's wildest region from the time of the gold rush to the election of the first woman to U.S. Congress: Chicago Joe, with her addiction to handsome men and high finance; Yow Kum, an enslaved Chinese pro
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana.
Prostitutes -- Montana -- Biography.
Prostitution -- Montana -- History.
Women pioneers -- Montana -- Biography.
Women pioneers -- Montana -- History.
Women -- Montana -- History.
Montana -- Biography.
Montana -- History -- 19th century.
Montana -- History -- 20th century.
Montana -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010053911
ISBN 1569768951 (electronic bk.)
156976896X (electronic bk.)
1569768978 (electronic bk.)
9781569768952 (electronic bk.)
9781569768969 (electronic bk.)
9781569768976 (electronic bk.)