Sin within the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul by means of Karen Abbott
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Overview: Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, probably the most noted brothel in American history-and the catalyst for a tradition struggle that rocked the country. Operating in Chicago’s infamous Levee district on the break of day of the final century, the Club’s proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, international dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, the place thirty surprising Everleigh “butterflies” awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top gobbled uncooked meat to the satisfaction of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed maximum of a harlot’s profits and saved a “whipper” on body of workers to mete out self-discipline, the Everleighs made positive their ladies dined on connoisseur meals, had been tested by means of a good doctor, or even tutored within the literature of Balzac.
Not everybody liked the sisters’ makes an attempt to raise the trade. Rival Levee madams hatched a large number of schemes to destroy the Everleighs, together with an try to body them for the dying of division retailer inheritor Marshall Field, Jr. But the sisters’ maximum daunting foes had been the Progressive Era reformers, who despatched all the nation right into a frenzy with lurid stories of “white slavery”–the allegedly rampant apply of kidnapping younger ladies and forcing them into brothels. This furor formed America’s sexual tradition and had repercussions all of the approach to the White House, together with the formation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
With a forged of characters that incorporates Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William Howard Taft, “Hinky Dink” Kenna, and Al Capone, Sin within the Second City is Karen Abbott’s colourful, nuanced portrait of the enduring Everleigh sisters, their world-famous Club, and the perennial conflict between our country’s hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots. Culminating in a dramatic final stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers, Sin within the Second City gives a shiny snapshot of America’s adventure from Victorian-era propriety to twentieth-century modernity.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction