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Long uncovers a connection between the geographical segregation of prostitution and the rising tide of racial segregation. She offers a compelling explanation of how New Orleans's lucrative sex trade drew tourists from the Bible Belt and beyond even as a nationwide trend toward the commercialization of sex emerged. And she dispels the romanticized smoke and perfume surrounding Storyville to reveal in the reasons for its rise and fall a fascinating corner of southern history. The Great Southern Babylon portrays the complex mosaic of race, gender, sexuality, social class, and commerce in turn-of-the-twentieth-century New Orleans.
About the Author:
Alecia P. Long is an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University. She lives in Atlanta and New Orleans.
|1||"It's Because You Are a Colored Woman": Sex, Race, and Concubinage after the Civil War||10|
|2||The Business of Pleasure: Concert Saloons and Sexual Commerce in the Economic Mainstream||60|
|3||"Where the Least Harm Can Result": Sex, Race, and Respectability in a Single Neighborhood||102|
|4||"Unusual Situations and Remarkable People": Mary Deubler, Respectability, and the History of Storyville||148|
|5||"As Rare as White Blackbirds": Willie Piazza, Race, and Reform in Storyville||191|