HST 111 Paper 2

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Connolly 1 Nicholas Connolly HST 111- LA Paper Two Assignment Ms. Fraley 11/24/2008 Attitudes towards Sex in Antebellum America Sexuality in America became a highly contested subject in the 1800’s. There were many different views and opinions regarding sexuality that created conflict with one another. One aspect of sexuality that was controversial, while generating a large revenue was prostitution. Prostitution in the 1800’s became the second most profiting business behind selling cotton (Cayton.11/17/08). Brothels, institutional prostitution, kept the circuit going by providing places for this sexual act to occur. From The Magdalen Report written by John R. McDowall and Lives of the Nymphs, published by many different publishers, are two documents that discuss the subject of prostitution. Even though prostitution in the 1800’s was looked upon as a morally degrading and an act of desperation, women provided financially for their families and gave themselves control through an income. McDowall’s document, The Magdalen Report , illustrates how disgusted he is in the obscene amount of prostitutes that crawl the streets of New York. There are said to be over 10,000 women of all kinds, black, white, young, old, single, and even married out on the streets selling themselves to men for sex, hoping to make enough money to feed
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course HST 111 taught by Professor Connerarmitage during the Fall '09 term at Miami University.

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