Sin in the Second City Madams Ministers Playboys and the Battle for America's Soul Read & Download í 109

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Sin in the Second City Madams Ministers Playboys and the Battle for America's Soul Read & Download í 109 ï ✫ [PDF] ✑ Sin in the Second City Madams Ministers Playboys and the Battle for America's Soul By Karen Abbott ✸ – Step into thStep into the Second ePUB #180 the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club the most famous brothel in American Sin in ePUB #10003 history–and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation Operating in Chicago’s notorious Levee in the Second PDF #186 district at the dawn of the last century the Club’s proprietors two aristocratic sisters named Minna in the Second City Madams PDFEPUBand Ada Everleigh welcomed moguls and actors senators and athletes foreign dignitaries and literary icons into their stately double mansion where thirty stunning Everleigh “butterflies” awaited their arrival Courtesans named Doll Suzy Poon Tang and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia in the Second City Madams PDFEP. As a general rule of thumb I like all books about Chicago history because there's really no way to go wrong with tales about our city So I'd been wanting to read this book since it was released and finally my most excellent book club the Literary Brats got down to itSo I also think you'd really have to screw up to write a bad book about Chicago history This book is about professional screwing and Karen Abbott is some screwball kinda writer How difficult is it to write a great book about shenanigans in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century and the whoring high life Corruption vice horse manure tawdry sex lots of mirrors this should be a book that writes itself I was expecting sordid tales about what went on in the brothels of the Levee District at least in the Everleigh Club which the book centres on concrete histories about the Everleigh sisters who owned the brothel or at least Abbott's opinion on what may have been their rightful biography life histories of the prominent harlots at the club and detailed descriptions of services tenderedWhat you end up getting are cursory chaptered details on the above with too much emphasis on the puritanical fight to eradicate the Levee District and vice in Chicago Sure that is part of the neighbourhood's history but we know how that story ends but why don't we know about Suzy Poon Tang the exotic courtesan from China who arrived in Chicago via Singapore Why aren't we offered an opinion on whether or not Abbott believes the Everleigh sisters were prostitutes themselves before they made their fortune Why is the most extraordinary sexual favour in the book a millionaire patron who enjoys tossing gold coins onto a harlot's pundendum Truly reading this book is like having sex without orgasm as someone pounds a bible on your headTo make matters worse Abbott lifts many passages and facts from a subjective biography of the Everleigh sisters Come to My Parlor And she has no ties to Chicago apart from the fact that a great great grandmother moved here from Eastern Europe and was never heard of again The book launch party was in New York for god's sakes I felt like the book was a chick lit version of a history book and for book clubs who met in cute Bohemian cafes sipping chai teas and noshing on cupcakes not book clubs who meet online and like pizza Still I enjoyed the moments of Chicago life in the 1900s and loved the descriptions of the city then we were some kind of piece of work I appreciate new trivia such as the term lay coming from the Everleigh moniker I also found it extremely fascinating that 100 years later us and our world has changed so much but the basest of human nature remains unchanged and just as repulsive But please can someone just tell me about Suzy Poon Tang

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UBand recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot’s earnings and kept a “whipper” on staff to mete out discipline the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food were examined by an honest physician and even tutored in the literature of BalzacNot everyone appreciated the sisters’ attempts to elevate the industry Rival Levee madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs including an attempt to frame them for the death of department store heir Marshall Field Jr But the sisters’ most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of “white slavery the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcin. In the winter of 1899 a train clattered toward Chicago fat coils of smoke whipping the sky Minna and Ada Everleigh sat together in a Pullman Palace car sipping wine served by porters in white jackets and gloves The air inside the car hung heavy and whisper uiet but the sisters were restless giddy with plans they would build upon what they had learned as madams in Omaha Nebraska and create the finest brothel in historyMan who doesn't love a good old timey hooker story Karen Abbott's story of the Everleigh sisters' rise and fall in the vice district of early 20th century Chicago is engrossing well researched and fun Minna and Ada Everleigh not their real names of course came to Chicago with plans to start the best brothel in Chicago and they were uniue in that respect because they wanted to run a house where girls would want to work Other brothels of the time got their girls by kidnapping drugs and rape but the Everleigh sisters were different The Everleigh sisters vowed never to deal with pimps desperate parents selling off children panders and white slavers If you treated girls well they would come begging for admittance A prospective Everleigh courtesan must prove she's eighteen in order to earn an interview understand exactly what the job entailed and know she's free to leave anytime for any reason without penaltyStarting on this basis the Everleigh sisters bought a house in Chicago's infamous Levee district and soon created the most exclusive beautiful and famous brothel in Chicago They entertained politicians gangsters playboys and princes they even at one point admitted a famous African American boxer into the Everleigh Club an act which was socially forbidden at the time the girls all found the boxer delightful and there was no troubleClients came to see the Moorish Room featuring the obligatory Turkish corner complete with overstuffed couches and rich sweeping draperies; and the Japanese Parlor with its ornately carved teakwood chair resting upon a dais a gold sold canopy hovering above The Tribune noted that the Japanese Parlor was 'a harlot's dream of what a Japanese palace might look like inside' In the Egyptian Room a full sized effigy of Cleopatra kept a solemn eye on the proceedings The Chinese Room entirely different from the ambiguously named Oriental Room offered packages of tiny firecrackers and a huge brass beaker in which to shoot them where else but at the Everleigh Club could a man indulge his adult and childish impulsesRunning the brothel wasn't easy though In addition to bribing the authorities and dealing with the competing madams trying to put them out of business the Everleigh sisters also had to deal with the anti prostitution reformers who flocked to the city Around the time the Everleigh Club was taking off newspapers were starting to feature stories of innocent girls trapped by the white slave trade because obviously it's only sad when it happens to white virgins young girls would be taken to dance halls plied with liuor and then drugged by their escorts They would wake up in a brothel having been raped multiple times and were told that they would have to work there from now on Reformers caught onto these stories and set about destroying the vice district in Chicago and ironically they focused their attentions on the one brothel in the city that had nothing to do with the white slave trade the Everleigh ClubAbbott's book focuses mostly on the reformers and the efforts of the Everleigh sisters to keep their club open along with several other key Levee players and this is to the detriment of the book I wanted to book to be about the Everleigh Club and have the reformers be a subplot but often it's the other way around We get brief little anecdotes about the prostitutes and what went on behind closed doors at the Club like one client who enjoyed tossing gold coins at his favorite girl the deal being that she could keep whatever she caught in her snatch but they're few and far between as we spend too much time with the reformers Also Abbott's glasses are a little bit too rose tinted when she's discussing the issue of prostitution in the early 20th century She treats the stories of drugged girls being violated by professional rapists which has to be one of the Top Five Most Horrifying Job Titles with a little too much unconcern as if we're supposed to believe that those things don't happen nowadays First off old timey rapists are still rapists and stories of kidnapping and sexual slavery aren't improved by the fact that they're sepia toned so I don't view it as a good thing that the New York Times Book Review blurb called this book a lush love letter to the underworld Second while I understand that the purpose of Abbott's book isn't to educate her readers on modern sex trafficking it would have been nice if there was some acknowledgement that the horrifying practices she describes are still going on today and didn't disappear along with the Jazz Age All in a all a fun romp through Chicago's seedy history and a cool glimpse into the underworld and its people It's History Lite but it's well written well researched good unclean fun

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Sin in the Second City Madams Ministers Playboys and the Battle for America's SoulG them into brothels This furor shaped America’s sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House including the formation of the Federal Bureau of InvestigationWith a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson John Barry John D Rockefeller Jr William Howard Taft “Hinky Dink” Kenna and Al Capone Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott’s colorful nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters their world famous Club and the perennial clash between our nation’s hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots Culminating in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America’s journey from Victorian era propriety to twentieth century modernit. I absolutely loved this book I found it in my local library by chance and I'm glad I did I love historical books about Chicago Sin in the Second City has much in common with Devil in the White City as it takes place roughly during the same time period in Chicago around 1900 Although the subject matter may turn some people off I loved learning about the history of prostitution in Chicago It was surprising to discover that this is a true story Maybe it is naive of me but I kept having to check if this stuff was for real while reading the book The Everleigh sisters were true entrepreneurs to have created the pre eminent brothel in the US Even so I couldn't help but be shocked by the so called respectable men who freuented such placesfrom the scions of the wealthy Chicagoans like Marshall Field Jr to politicians and even princes And of course the stories of murders robberies drinking and other illicit activities were interesting After reading this book I feel like I have an understanding of what life was like in the vice district in Chicago The author cleverly set the book amidst the reform movement that ushered out the brothels and other dens of iniuity There were so many funny interesting and depressing moments in this book It's hard not to fall in love with the Everleigh sisters They did try to put a touch of class to the prostitution industry They certainly stood above the white slavers and pimps who took advantage of young rural and foreign girls coming to Chicago That's not saying much but at least they were one touch of respectability in an otherwise despicable place So if you have ever lived in Chicago or have any interest in Chicago history you'll love this story But even if you don't have a connection Chicago this book is a great opportunity to learn about the underbelly of American life in the early 1900's