By Alecia P. Long
With a well-earned popularity for tolerance of either prostitution and miscegenation, New Orleans grew to become often called the good Southern Babylon in antebellum instances. Following the Civil conflict, a profound alteration in social and monetary stipulations progressively reshaped the city's sexual tradition and erotic trade. Historian Alecia P. lengthy strains intercourse within the Crescent urban over fifty years, drawing from Louisiana very best court docket case testimony to narrate exciting stories of individuals either imprecise and recognized whose relationships and activities exemplify the era.
Long uncovers a connection among the geographical segregation of prostitution and the emerging tide of racial segregation. She bargains a compelling clarification of ways New Orleans's profitable intercourse exchange drew travelers from the Bible Belt and past while a national pattern towards the commercialization of intercourse emerged. and he or she dispels the romanticized smoke and fragrance surrounding Storyville to bare within the purposes for its upward push and fall a desirable nook of southern historical past. the nice Southern Babylon portrays the complicated mosaic of race, gender, sexuality, social classification, and trade in turn-of-the-twentieth-century New Orleans.
"Long brilliantly charts the historic roots and evolution of the tradition of business sexuality in New Orleans.... the result's a landmark publication all may still read." -- Darlene Clark Hine, coauthor of A Shining Thread of wish: The heritage of Black ladies in America
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