Prostitution, Polygamy, and Power: Salt Lake City, 1847-1918

Prostitution, Polygamy, and Power: Salt Lake City, 1847-1918

by Jeffrey Nichols


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After the transcontinental railroad opened Utah to large-scale emigration and market capitalism, hundreds of women in Salt Lake City began to sell sex for a living, and a few earned small fortunes. Businessmen and politicians developed a financial stake in prostitution, which was regulated by both Mormon and gentile officials. In this book, Jeffrey Nichols examines how prostitution became a focal point in the moral contest between Mormons and gentiles and aided in the construction of gender systems, moral standards, and the city's physical and economic landscapes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252075926
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Nichols is an associate professor of history at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

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