I've Got to Make My Livin'

I've Got to Make My Livin'

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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. In Ia€™ve Got to Make My Livina€™, Cynthia Blair explores African American womena€™s sex work in Chicago during the decades of some of the citya€™s most explosive growth, expanding not just our view of prostitution, but also of black womena€™s labor, the Great Migration, black and white reform movements, and the emergence of modern sexuality. Focusing on the notorious sex districts of the citya€™s south side, Blair paints a complex portrait of black prostitutes as conscious actors and historical agents; prostitution, she argues here, was both an arena of exploitation and abuse, as well as a means of resisting middle-class sexual and economic norms. Blair ultimately illustrates just how powerful these norms were, offering stories about the struggles that emerged among black and white urbanites in response to black womena€™s increasing visibility in the citya€™s sex economy. Through these powerful narratives, Ia€™ve Got to Make My Livina€™ reveals the intersecting racial struggles and sexual anxieties that underpinned the celebration of Chicago as the quintessentially modern twentieth-century city.Black Womena#39;s Sex Work in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago Cynthia M. Blair. Bibliography. Archives and Collections Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Public Library. Vivian Harsh Collection, Illinois Writersa#39; Project, a€œThe Negro inanbsp;...

Title:I've Got to Make My Livin'
Author: Cynthia M. Blair
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2010-12-15

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