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Sex Trafficking, Scandal, and the Transformation of Journalism, 1885–1917
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Sex Trafficking, Scandal, and the Transformation of Journalism, 1885–1917

Gretchen Soderlund

Abstract

During the first half of the nineteenth century, the penny presses of the industrial East treated brothels as a mundane, if annoying, aspect of city life. But later in the century, reformers and mainstream papers began to push back against this representation through highly public campaigns against “white slavery.” These newspaper crusades mixed a potent cocktail of lurid sexual detail and sensationalist scandal aimed equally at promoting anti-vice measures, arousing popular demand for progressive reform, and increasing newspaper circulation. This book offers a new way to understand sensationa ... More

Keywords: penny presses, industrial east, brothels, reformers, sensationalism, white slavery, newspapers, anti-vice measures, progressive reform, newspaper circulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226021362
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226021676.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gretchen Soderlund, author