By Mary Anne Poutanen

in the course of a time of vital demographic, geographic, and social transition, many girls in early nineteenth-century Montreal became to prostitution and brothel-keeping to feed, dress, guard, and condo themselves and their households. past Brutal Passions is a detailed learn of the ladies who have been accused of selling intercourse, their fiscal and social susceptibilities, and the recommendations they hired to withstand authority and assert their very own agency.

Referencing newspapers, parish registers, census returns, coroners' studies, urban directories, records of Catholic and Protestant associations, police books, and court docket files, Mary Anne Poutanen finds how those ladies faced restricted possible choices and the way they fought opposed to proven authority within the pursuit in their livelihoods. She info those women’s lives not just as prostitutes but in addition as better halves, moms, sisters, and daughters who reconstructed the bonds of kinship and solidarity.

An insightful heritage of prostitution, past Brutal Passions explores the complex relationships among ladies accused of prostitution and the society within which they lived and worked.

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