Urban Reform and Sexual Vice in Progressive-Era by James H. Adams

By James H. Adams

This ebook examines the intersection and interaction among Progressive-Era rhetoric concerning commercialized vice and the realities of prostitution in early-twentieth-century Philadelphia. Arguing that any research of industrial sexual vice in a historic context is hard given the paucity of proof, this paintings as a substitute specializes in reformers’ development of a cultural view of prostitution, which Adams argues used to be established extra upon their perceptions of the exchange than on truth itself. taking a look at the city center of town, revolutionary reformers observed vice, immorality, and decay—but as they often had little face-to-face interplay with prostitutes plying their exchange, they have been compelled to build culturally fueled archetypes to give an explanation for what they believed they observed. eventually, reformers in Philadelphia have been struggling with opposed to a rhetorical production in their personal layout, and any learn of anti-vice reform within the early 20th century tells us extra in regards to the dating among activists and the govt. than it does approximately vice itself.

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Urban Reform and Sexual Vice in Progressive-Era Philadelphia: The Faithful and the Fallen

This publication examines the intersection and interaction among Progressive-Era rhetoric relating to commercialized vice and the realities of prostitution in early-twentieth-century Philadelphia. Arguing that any research of business sexual vice in a ancient context is hard given the paucity of facts, this paintings as an alternative specializes in reformers’ building of a cultural view of prostitution, which Adams argues was once dependent extra upon their perceptions of the exchange than on truth itself.

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