[Read] ☹ Red Lights on the Prairies ☪ Tyrakel.de

Well researched Colourful language Very informative about real people during the settlement of the Canadian prairies. [Read] ☥ Red Lights on the Prairies ♐ An Unconventional Social History, Red Lights On The Prairies Takes A Lively Look At The History Of Prostitution In Prairie Cities In The Late Nineteenth And Early Twentieth Century This Lighthearted Yet Insightful Book Tells How The West Became Overrun With Brothels When Huge Tides Of Immigrants Mostly Unattached Young Men In The Prime Of Life Swept Into The Region As Settlers Unlike Many Histories Of This Era, It Focuses On The Prairie Cities And Towns That Were Home To The Bars, Brothels And Poolrooms, And Describes The Efforts Of The Police, Clergy And Moral Reformers, Who Were Periodically Outraged By The Rowdy Behaviour In The Bawdy Houses In This Ground Breaking Book, James Gray Draws Upon Local Newspapers Of The Time, The Accounts Of Several Former Madams, And The Reminiscences Of Old Timers Who Had Been Youths At The Turn Of The Century To Produce A Vivid And Authentic Book At A Colourful And Offbeat Aspect Of Our Past Like Its Companion Book, Booze, Also By James Gray, Red Lights On The Prairies Was A Huge Success When It Was First Published, Selling Than , Copies Throughout North America The chapter on Saskatoon is my favourite Love this book No theory Pure narrative history. A fascinating exploration of prostitution in Western Canada s urban centres during the white settlement of the prairies Apparently, there was a lot of it.James Gray uses newspapers, court records and oral interviews to look at the existence of prostitutes in a west characterized by lots of hard working, hard drinking young men These women were mostly tolerated by city officials, despite the constant attacks of the religious officials of the day Gray examines the interactions of tax payers, liquor regulation and policing to understand how houses of ill repute flourished and migrated.Gray doesn t make a lot of arguments this is mostly narrative He does, however, argue that prostitution went away because of changing liquor regulation prohibition laws made it harder for the madams to sell booze in their establishments and the First World War normalizing gender ratios on the prairie According to Gray, most prairie cities were not that interested in outlawing prostitution, preferring instead to segregate it.Each of Gray s chapters cover a major city on the prairies, and each chapter is full of stories and anecdotes about what can only be termed colourful characters My only disappointment with the book is that Gray was unable to unearth any of the prostitutes themselves Instead, most of the accounts come from police officers or clients Because of this lack, an essential piece of the story is missing I also wish that Gray had been able to exploreof the racial intersections of the prostitutes themselves Saskatoon s first three brothels, for example, were all white, all black and all Japanese.Canada s west is often characterized as the Mild West, in contrast with America s Wild West I d recommend this interesting look at the way that Canadians dealt with morality and vice in their cities, if you re interested in exploring that contrast If you live in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon or Winnipeg, you can also find out where the red light districts in your city used to be, so that s pretty cool. Fascinating look at the red light districts and the politics and sex trade of early western Canada.