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Description - Prostitution, Polygamy, and Power by Jeffrey Nichols

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252075926
ISBN-10: 0252075927
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jeffrey Nichols

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