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Brothels and Bones: What City Hall Has Taught Us About 19th-Century Women and Sex Work

Author(s): Lisa Geiger

Year: 2014

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Set amidst a burgeoning downtown populace, the Commons now housing City Hall Park was a blurred boundary between soldiers, legislators, prisoners, and laborers from across the cityscape. Often lost in this picture, however, are the intimate activities of women living in the nineteenth century. Examining material finds related to feminine hygiene and health care and engaging with the historic and modern taboos of female sexuality and sex work brings to light the everyday experiences of women usually relegated to the fringe or footnote.


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Brothels and Bones: What City Hall Has Taught Us About 19th-Century Women and Sex Work. Lisa Geiger. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437339)


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PaperId(s): SYM-77,04

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America