White Slave Crusades: Race, Gender, and Anti-vice Activism, 1887-1917

White Slave Crusades: Race, Gender, and Anti-vice Activism, 1887-1917

by Brian Donovan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252030257

ISBN-13: 9780252030253

Pub. Date: 12/16/2005

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

"During the early twentieth century, individuals and organizations from across the political spectrum launched a sustained effort to eradicate forced prostitution, commonly known as "white slavery," White Slave Crusades is the first comparative study to focus on how these anti-vice campaigns helped create a racial hierarchy in the United States." Focusing on the…  See more details below

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"During the early twentieth century, individuals and organizations from across the political spectrum launched a sustained effort to eradicate forced prostitution, commonly known as "white slavery," White Slave Crusades is the first comparative study to focus on how these anti-vice campaigns helped create a racial hierarchy in the United States." Focusing on the intersection of race, gender, and sex in the antiprostitution campaigns. Brian Donovan analyzes the reactions of native-born whites to new immigrant groups in Chicago, to African Americans in New York City, and to Chinese immigrants in San Francisco. Donovan shows how reformers employed white slavery narratives of sexual danger to clarify the boundaries of racial categories, allowing native-born whites to speak of a collective "us" as opposed to a "them." These stories about forced prostitution used sexual danger to justify segregation, as well as other forms of racial and sexual boundary maintenance in urban America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252030253
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
12/16/2005
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

1White slavery and the intersection of race and gender5
2The new abolitionism : the cultural power of the white slavery genre17
3Suffrage and slavery : the racial politics of the woman's Christian temperance union purity campaign37
4"The black traffic in white girls" : Chicago's war on vice56
5John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the "negro alleged slave trader"89
6"Yellow slavery" and Donaldina Cameron's San Francisco mission110
Conclusion : the demise of white slavery129

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