Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Prostitution and Writing: How Documents Kept the Women of Butte, Montana in the Tenderloin

Presenter Information

Anne Marie JohnsonFollow

Class

Article

Department

English

Faculty Mentor

Kerin Holt

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

My paper will examine documents from historical archives that address prostitution in Butte, Montana during the early 20th century. I will assess how the power structure in Butte conspired to keep prostitution alive well into the 1980's. By examining legislation, newspaper accounts, and business correspondence I intend to show how the document type and the wording used in it marginalized women and kept them subservient to the businessmen that controlled the flesh-trade in the Montana mining town.

Start Date

4-9-2015 10:00 AM

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Apr 9th, 10:00 AM

Prostitution and Writing: How Documents Kept the Women of Butte, Montana in the Tenderloin

My paper will examine documents from historical archives that address prostitution in Butte, Montana during the early 20th century. I will assess how the power structure in Butte conspired to keep prostitution alive well into the 1980's. By examining legislation, newspaper accounts, and business correspondence I intend to show how the document type and the wording used in it marginalized women and kept them subservient to the businessmen that controlled the flesh-trade in the Montana mining town.