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The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865--1920

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With a well-earned reputation for tolerance of both prostitution and miscegenation, New Orleans became known as the Great Southern Babylon in antebellum times. Following the Civil War, a profound alteration in social and economic conditions gradually reshaped the city's sexual culture and erotic commerce. Historian Alecia P. Long traces sex in the Crescent City over fifty ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by LSU Press (first published April 1st 2004)
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Redsteve
This book grew on me. It started out seeming that this author was able to make the history of New Orleans vice district boring, but once I got used to the large amount of legal records used as source material, I enjoyed it more. Not great, but good.
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Mar 15, 2011 Zoe rated it liked it
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This is an intriguing history of sexual culture and race in New Orleans in the postbellum era, but I had to return it to the library before I could finish it. Not quick reading, certainly.
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Feb 14, 2016 Jaycee Ford rated it it was amazing
I received my history degree from LSU and took every class there except one: Louisiana History. Later in life, I'm kicking myself that I did not take it from Dr. Long. I'd like a redo.
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“In 1897, in an extremely direct and decidedly non-Protestant fashion, New Orleans city officials, acknowledging their belief that sins of the flesh were inevitable, looked Satan in the eye, cut a deal, and gave him his own address.” 0 likes
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