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Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder, and the Wild Women of Montana's Frontier

 
 
Author
Lael Morgan.
Publisher Chicago Review  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9781569763384
Pages/Publication Date 304/2011
Daedalus Item Code 61774
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As a gold rush territory, Montana became famous for its lawlessness, boomtowns, and America's largest red-light districts. Prostitutes and entrepreneurs—women like Chicago Joe, Madame Mustache, and Highkicker—flocked to Montana to make their own money, gamble, drink, and raise hell just like men. Moralists wrote these women off as "soiled doves," yet many prospered, flaunting their freedom and banking ten times more than their "respectable" sisters. Journalist Lael Morgan gives us a refreshingly objective exploration of a freewheeling society that, perhaps surprisingly, offers new insights into women's struggles for equality.

"Morgan's subject, improperly treated, could easily devolve into a lascivious catalog, but she has an important larger point: The independence of these women inspired the independence of women who did not engage in the sex trade, and it's no accident that women [in the West] had the right to vote and served in political office well before they did in other parts of the country. A useful addition to Western Americana and women's studies."—Kirkus Reviews

 
 
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