Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery

By Anne M. Butler,

Book cover of Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West, 1865-90

Book description

This book is in good used condition. Ex-library book. History of prostitution in the American West 1865-1890. Good book for anyone interested in learning more about: Prostitutes -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.

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2 authors picked Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Of the six books the late Ms. Butler authored in her lifetime, this one is by far my favorite. Her academic account of the prostitution industry is all facts, with plenty of sources to back them up. There is no flowery talk here, just the truth of how women of the demimonde lived during the late 1800s.

From Jan's list on historical prostitution.

This is a scholarly work that provides an unvarnished look into the world of the frontier prostitute. This is an often-overlooked facet of frontier life and the constricted choices women had available to them, should they not pursue a more traditional life for one reason or another. Hint – the life of a prostitute and Miss Kitty of Gun Smoke fame diverge rapidly at this point.

From Randi's list on the dark side of the Wild West.

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