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The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865--1920
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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Jan 30, 2010 Redsteve rated it liked it
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.