"Professor Jeffrey Nichols has adeptly told this important and long-overdue history. His definitive history of Salt Lake prostitution belongs alongside the works of Anne Butler, Paula Petrik, and Mary Murphy." Montana, the Magazine of Western History
After the transcontinental railroad opened Utah to large-scale emigration and market capitalism, hundreds of women in Salt Lake City began to sell sex for a living, and a few earned small fortunes. Businessmen and politicians developed a financial stake in prostitution, which was regulated by both Mormon and gentile officials. In this book, Jeffrey Nichols examines how prostitution became a focal point in the moral contest between Mormons and gentiles and aided in the construction of gender systems, moral standards, and the city's physical and economic landscapes.
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