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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Our Founding Fathers 11
Chapter 2 The Birds and the Bees 16
Chapter 3 I Take Pen in Hand … 27
Chapter 4 Blue with Oaths 40
Chapter 5 And the Flesh Was Made Word 48
Chapter 6 Prostitution: East 61
Chapter 7 Prostitution: West 76
Chapter 8 Bred upon the Waters 88
Chapter 9 French Letters and American Morals 93
Chapter 10 The Ailments of Venus 99
Chapter 11 Parallel Lives 109
Chapter 12 Against Her Will 123
Chapter 13 An Officer and a Gentleman 132
Chapter 14 Generals Nuisance 143
Chapter 15 Clerical Error 159
Chapter 16 Love 168
Chapter 17 Aftermath 172
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Right from the get go this book grabs your attention. Lowry is an amazing writer that combines facts, statistics, and humor to keep you flipping the pages. At times you'll bust a side laughing at some of the little jokes tossed in throughout the book. It really makes you stop and think though... has there ever been a time in American society when people actually had morals & values??
I am an amateur student of sex an am always looking for good informative books. This was one of the best I have read. It was clear, interesting to read and not insulting to those of us who understand the need for such a profession. It read some where between novel and history book and was a real page turner. I most enjoyed the letters where the solders noted that everyone in the army visited the gals but him, of course his tent mate wrote the same letter also. I have used the section on legalized prostitution in Nashville and Memphis as conversation fodder at several parties to get a great conversation going. This book is a must read for any civil war buff or sex buff.
Thomas Lowry does an incredible job providing a window into the sexual and emotional minds of our very human ancestors, with the use of primary sources and statistics. The book was a relatively easy read and provides speculatve information, allowing the reader to draw many of his/her own conclusions. I was hoping for more on what was considered physically and sexually attractive during that time in history (since the concept of beauty seems to be constantly changing), but the information within the book surrounding prostitution, disease, and social propriety were equally as interesting.