- Hardcover: 344 pages
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; First edition (February 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806146605
- ISBN-13: 978-0806146607
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saloons, Prostitutes, and Temperance in Alaska Territory First Edition
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I REALLY LIKE IT. You have written a really detailed, well-justified book about Skagway. And what you have done is remarkable ... to "get to the bottom" of social change in an area by getting right down to the personal level and seeing how it all took place--at church, in the saloons, at the election booth--in a very well-documented small town. Frank Norris, Alaska Historian.
"Saloons, Prostitutes, and Temperance in Alaska Territory is one of the best books to address the topic of vice before and after the gold rush that I have read. It wipes away many of the often repeated myths and misconceptions about the subject. it is a good read and I think readers will enjoy it."--Michael Gates, Yukon Historian.
"Anyone with an interest in the truth behind the myth of saloon girls and the rise of prohibition will no doubt find "Saloons, Prostitutes, and Temperance" full of interesting perspectives and worthy analysis, whether said interest be academic or purely for entertainment." -- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
When most people think Skagway and Alaska history, they think 1898 and then head for Nome. Spude's book explores what followed as the 20th century dawned and a town founded on the exploitation of passing prospectors struggled to become a lasting community. This involved taming its active vice district, which meant confronting some of Skagway's most prominent and theoretically respectable citizens. In Spude's hands, this little-known chapter in Alaska history proves every bit as fascinating as the Gold Rush itself.--David A. James, Alaska Dispatch News.
"Excellent writing and history combined... The work, amply footnoted, is based on primary documentation that begins with a focus on the seedier aspects of the [Skagway, Alaska] boomtown (in 1897) and ends (in 1918) with one of the most understudied and misunderstood coalitions in American history: the solid links between the temperance movement and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment." Journal of American History.
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