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  • Title: Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West
  • Author: Anne Seagraves
  • ISBN: 9780961908843
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback

  • Soiled Doves tells the story of the grey world of prostitution and the women who participated in the oldest profession within the early West Illustrated with rare photos Bibliography sources, included.
    Anne Seagraves
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    Commentaires:

    J.M.
    Picked this up to learn more about prostitution in the Old West. Despite the plethora of commas, I found the text engaging and easy to read. The pictures throughout the book really brought the stories of these women to life.One thing I thought quite telling was the author's obvious admiration for these women and their spunk. Often I felt they were defended a bit too much, their profession downplayed to make the "sinfulness" of it less an issue than the women themselves. I liked this non-judgment [...]

    Adrianna
    I read this book some years ago and have an autographed copy on my shelf. I picked it up when I lived in Montana, along with several other, similar, books about women in the west, including "High-Spirited Women of the West," also by Anne Seagraves. Both books were published by Wesanne Publications. I found this book to be interesting, loved the old photographs. It's been a keeper on my research shelf.Rather than dry, scholarly recitation, I thought each of the stories surrounding specific women [...]

    Julie
    To be frank, Soiled Doves is not the best written book I've ever readBut it's fascinating!To read Soiled Doves is to step back in time to the Old WestSome prostitutes were content in their profession, some hated it, some were forced into prostitution and others happily chose thier lifestyle. Others chose the life of a madam and made plenty of money off their "sisters". The subject matter is jarring but at times humorousme of these ladies REALLY loved their work. If Seagraves were a better writer [...]

    Peacefully Evyl
    This book was very disappointing. The premise could have been a very good story, but the author is a very poor writer. Sadly, this is not her first book. The sentence structure was bad. The subjects were jumpy and the transitions poor. In several cases the author used a quote to support one idea, and then later used the same or a very similar quote to support the very opposite idea. I could not even determine the thesis of this book.

    Melodie
    This is really more of a 3.5 star read, but the author isn't the greatest writer - very basic prose - so leaving it at 3 rather than 4. I did actually enjoy the book and I liked the fact that the author didn't look down her nose at the women she wrote about. I've never seen a reason to treat prostitutes the way some people do. If you've no education and no skills, you work with what you have of value to make a living. End of story as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, off my soapbox. Some of the stor [...]

    Rosamund Merrill
    I read this, then scanned the reviews by other readers. I am in agreement with several; the writing is somewhat amateur, but the content does include well-researched facts and historical information. There is humor, as well as an effort to be non-judgemental. There is also a chapter on the abuse of Oriental women, and a focus on those who worked to free them from a literal slave-like exsitence. If you have any interest in this time period and issues around this topic, this book is a quick read a [...]

    Melissa
    This was pretty good. It had a lot of photos of the prostitutes and other photos of the time. I was drawn to this book because I find it interesting how overlooked prostitution is when considering the development of the West, or in civilizations in general. The book tells different life stories of various soiled doves, but keeps them short and to the point where you don't lose interest. I did learn about why hippies are called hippies and why virtuous women of the time didn't own poodles!

    Jimmy Lee
    Anne Seagraves has written some seven books about the lives of women during the western expansion. Her books are generally not in depth, and I didn't find this one particularly deep either. But each offers an interesting introduction to the subject matter, and she always provides sources should you decide the topic is worth plunging into a deeper trough of detail.Soiled Doves provides an overview of prostitution in the old west. For those raised on television westerns and Gone With the Wind, thi [...]

    Jessie
    I picked this book up at the Tucson desert museum, along with various books about Wild West women. This book will make modern women appreciate living now and not being trapped in the 1800's with limited options. When history teaches kids about people heading west in search of gold and opportunity, that is the male narrative. This book gave a glimpse into what life was like for women. Heartbreaking. There are historical images and snap shots into the lives of famous prostitutes. It's a well resea [...]

    Meagan
    Such an interesting read. However, there were moments in the book where prostitution seemed glorified, other times degraded and other times justified. This was an era where women had no voice and few options, so really our opinion isn't fair. Not being American, one big hurdle for me was not knowing American events that were lightly touched on, I could have used more descriptions or historical context of what the author was referring to. However, an interesting book with great photos and stories [...]

    Teri Reck
    Absolutely fascinating topic. And heartrending. But a very real part of the history of the early American West---where men drastically outnumbered women. Women became a valuable commodity. It addresses all classes of prostitutes--from fancy, educated, genteel--and expensive-- call girls to street walkers. It also addresses the slave trade in young Chinese girls that occurred at that time. Very interesting stories about Denver, as well as the rest of the west.

    Mick Meyers
    A good book on a controversial subjecte bibliography also gives more ideas on similar subjectse photos reproduced are of good qualityst of the subjects mentioned in the book seem to be of tarts with hearts variety,but what about the many who slipped through the net and are not even footnotes in history.

    Debbie
    Interesting read. Not really well written and she goes back and forth when I thought a chapter should be devoted to one person, author decided to have a person mentioned in other parts of book that I found confusing. But, the content was very interesting.

    Candida Silva
    This book was interesting and didn't glamorize the oldest business at all. I found the ending to be the most haunting part. Although it needed a bit more editing I found this book to be a good education.

    Max
    Poor values, fun read

    Andy
    While much of the information is good, the writing leaves much to be desired and is difficult to get past.

    Jane
    An interesting and well researched book about prostitution in the Old West and of the women who made it their profession.

    Matthew Chua
    Not the best written book, but interesting in how it provides a more detailed perspective of women of the era at a more intimate level other than popular notions of what they were.

    CJ
    I am a big fan of westerns. I love the old ones--anything with Clint Eastwood on a horse will probably make me happy--and I like the newer ones, like Tombstone and the Coen brothers' excellent remake of True Grit. I am especially fond of HBO's (entirely too short-lived) TV show Deadwood. If you haven't seen it, I'd suggest you run out and get seasons one and two immediately (season three ist as good.) The show is graphic (it's HBO, there are going to be boobs), the language is EXTREMELY salty, a [...]

    Katie
    This was pretty fun and had the tone of your grandma telling you stories, which is awesome but maybe not if you're, like, writing a grad paper on prostitution during the gold rush.There's definitely a bit too much romanticizing going on. I can't imagine how utterly gross and degrading and disgusting it would be to live in a tent next to a remote mine in the middle of fucking nowhere and having some gross, dirty dude covered in soot pay you for sex. Ugh. Nightmare. Unfortunately (or, I guess, for [...]

    Ron
    The author's list of acknowledgements fills a page at the opening of this historical account of prostitution in the early West. She has clearly done her research. And her book is a window into a subject often alluded to in the literature of the frontier but seldom if ever revealed in any depth.The West was a man's world where, according to Seagrave, men often outnumbered women 50 to 1. Employment opportunities being few for uneducated young women, a great many found their way to the brothels in [...]

    Lori
    A quaint, self-published look at one of the most lucrative industries of the wild wild west. Seagraves recounts the documented life experiences and personal observations of different classes of prostitutes in diverse locations, including Denver, San Francisco, various mining and logging camps, and Tombstone AZ. Some of her anecdotes are informative, and the quotes from the women are evocative and humanizing. But she writes less as a scholar than as an amateur of local history and personalities, [...]

    Brad Butturff
    I actually read this books quite a few years ago but due to recent events this book has taken on a new relevance for me. My wife and I retired in 2015 and moved to Deadwood, South Dakota. One of the big reasons we made Deadwood our home was our shared passion for the history of this area. Now recently we found out about a company wanting to create a $40 million dollar 'Wild West' theme park just outside town. As I understand it this theme park is going to provide a "family friendly" interpretati [...]

    Sandie
    Anne Seagraves novel, SOILED DOVES explores the fundamental concept of economics known as supply and demand. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries opportunities for women were extremely limited so many enterprising ladies opted for "the oldest profession" and took their "wares" out west where they supply was limited but the demand great. Some made fortunes while others were trapped in hopeless situations that led to their murder or suicide. Seagraves explores the lives of various "profes [...]

    Alison C
    "Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West," by Anne Seagraves, purports to tell the stories of individual prostitutes in the Western USA from about the 1850s or so, complete with early photographs of some of the women and contemporary accounts in local newspapers, etc. But, well, I couldn’t begin to get through it, simply because of totally incorrect statements, starting with the Forward: “Queen Victoria’s strict morality temporarily put a halt to prostitution in England in the 1800s. [...]

    Alexa Oliphant
    It's hard to imagine that there was a time before the internet, a time when if you wanted to know more about the sex industry on the American frontier but were not a scholar with access to dozens and dozens of sources, you were basically screwed.I imagine this book might have been a delight in that time. The narratives of these women as told by the author are like mini articles. No correlating details, no thesis, no grand story. Just short splits of stories. It's digestible in its best moments. [...]

    Katy
    wow. what can i say? i was so excited to read a book on the subject of prostitution in the west. after the second paragraph, i couldn't escape the fact that i felt like i was reading a book written by a 3rd grader on the subject. beyond the many many items that perturbed me about this book was the fact that the title was never contextualized. 'soiled doves' i get itbut was that a common term? does the author really need to refer to her subjects as "soiled doves" in one breath and then women of i [...]

    Kelley Allen
    I was curious when I picked up this book, not knowing the magnitude of the content. You cannot judge this book by the cover or title. I found this particular book interesting and educational. Prostitution in the early days had become a way of survival for many of these women. During the horse and buggy day, an unwed mother had a difficult finding a job so she could support her children. Even a single young woman left to fend for herself had a hard time. Seeing how they turned to the only thing a [...]

    Toni
    When I read the personal history of my great grandfather, I felt cheated. There were no personal histories of my three great grandmothers who were his wives. His experiences and thoughts were interesting but included little of his feelings or anything much about his wives or children. For instance, after writing about a page on his views one day, he added two brief sentences revealing that one of his children by his first wife, Ann, died that day and that it was Ann's birthday. Huh?This book has [...]

    Joshua
    The stories of the prostitutes and madams were compelling and painted a good picture of the business and lifestyle of prostitution in the 19th Century American West. What was annoying to the point of distraction was that the author chose to write what could have been a really good sociological and historical study with personal commentary from a 'Spirit of the great sisterhood of Woman' position, using far(!) too many exclamation marks to make her heavy-handed points(!) I get that a book on pros [...]

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