Wanton West

Wanton West

Madams, Money, Murder, and the Wild Women of Montana's Frontier

Book - 2011
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From the time of the gold rush to the election of the first woman to the U.S. Congress, Wanton West brings to life the women of the West's wildest region: Montana, famous for its lawlessness, boomtowns, and America's largest red-light districts. Prostitutes and entrepreneurs--like Chicago Joe, Madame Mustache, and Highkicker--flocked to Montana to make their own money, gamble, drink, and raise hell just like men. Moralists wrote them off as "soiled doves," yet a surprising number prospered, flaunting their freedom and banking ten times more than their "respectable" sisters.

          A lively read providing new insights into women's struggle for equality, Wanton West is a refreshingly objective exploration of a freewheeling society and a re-creation of an unforgettable era in history.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781569763384
Branch Call Number: 978.602 MOR 2011 22
Characteristics: xiii, 304 p. : ill

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