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Sin in the Second City - Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul-logo

Sin in the Second City - Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

Karen Abbott

Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history-and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago's notorious Levee district at the dawn of the twentieth century, the club's proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, where thirty stunning Everleigh "butterflies" awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot's earnings and kept a "whipper" on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and were even tutored in the literature of Balzac. Not everyone appreciated the sisters' attempts to elevate the industry. Rival Levee madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs, including an attempt to frame them for the death of department store heir Marshall Field, Jr. But the sisters' most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"-the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House. With a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William Howard Taft, "Hinky Dink" Kenna, and Al Capone, Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters, their world-famous club, and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots. Culminating in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers, Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era pro

Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history-and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago's notorious Levee district at the dawn of the twentieth century, the club's proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, where thirty stunning Everleigh "butterflies" awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot's earnings and kept a "whipper" on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and were even tutored in the literature of Balzac. Not everyone appreciated the sisters' attempts to elevate the industry. Rival Levee madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs, including an attempt to frame them for the death of department store heir Marshall Field, Jr. But the sisters' most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"-the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House. With a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William Howard Taft, "Hinky Dink" Kenna, and Al Capone, Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters, their world-famous club, and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots. Culminating in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers, Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era pro
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History

Description:

Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history-and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago's notorious Levee district at the dawn of the twentieth century, the club's proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, where thirty stunning Everleigh "butterflies" awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot's earnings and kept a "whipper" on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and were even tutored in the literature of Balzac. Not everyone appreciated the sisters' attempts to elevate the industry. Rival Levee madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs, including an attempt to frame them for the death of department store heir Marshall Field, Jr. But the sisters' most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"-the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House. With a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William Howard Taft, "Hinky Dink" Kenna, and Al Capone, Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters, their world-famous club, and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots. Culminating in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers, Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era pro

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joyce Bean

Length:

11h 2m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

25:21


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

30:15


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

04:16


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

25:36


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

04:29


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

37:27


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

06:41


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

29:19


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

04:22


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

38:48


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

10:30


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

27:29


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

16:10


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

13:23


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

10:03


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

20:00


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

23:48


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

01:04


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

27:21


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

15:09


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

32:43


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

01:58


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

14:06


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

14:40


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

00:47


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

24:20


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

09:00


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

17:36


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

14:40


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

11:58


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

17:02


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

17:32


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

26:43


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

25:28


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

20:07


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

11:09


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

30:30


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

00:21