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I've Got to Make My Livin' – Black Women's Sex Work in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago - Chicago Scholarship Online
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I've Got to Make My Livin': Black Women's Sex Work in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago

Cynthia M. Blair


For many years, the interrelated histories of prostitution and cities have perked the ears of urban scholars, but until now the history of urban sex work has dealt only in passing with questions of race. This book urban explores African American women's sex work in Chicago during the decades of some of the city's most explosive growth, expanding not just our view of prostitution, but also of black women's labor, the Great Migration, black and white reform movements, and the emergence of modern sexuality. Focusing on the notorious sex districts of the city's south side, the book paints a comple ... More

Keywords: urban sex work, race, African American women, Chicago, black women's labor, Great Migration, black prostitutes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226055985
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226056005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia M. Blair, author