"Oysters In Every Style": Food and Commercial Sex on the New Orleans Landscape

Author(s): Grace A Krause

Year: 2018


During the late-19th and early-20th centuries, the sex trade flourished in New Orleans throughout the city, despite legislative efforts at spatial restriction. Guides to the Storyville red-light district (1897-1917) containing advertisements for both places to buy sex and places to eat and drink suggest that food played a significant role in the business of commercial sex. Landscape analysis using data derived from censes, city business directories, newspapers, and other historical sources provide data to explore the correlation between different types of food-related establishments and areas of commercial sex on a city-wide scale.  More broadly, this research contributes to the archaeological study of sexuality in North America by investigating where and how the social aspects of food and sexuality overlap.

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"Oysters In Every Style": Food and Commercial Sex on the New Orleans Landscape. Grace A Krause. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441425)

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Temporal Keywords
Progressive Era

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 247