Morgan offers an authentic and deliciously humorous account of the prostitutes and other qdisreputableq women who were the earliest female pioneers of the Far North. At the turn of the century, tens of thousands of Americans left their homes, escaping a worldwide depression a the restraints of the Victorian Era, to stampede to Alaska a the Yukon, where millions of dollars in gold was being discovered in remote, subartic mining camps. Women accompanied the men on the long journey to the Far North--more often prostitutes, dance hall girls a entertainers than respectful wives a schoolteachers. These are the girls of the demimonde, that qhalf worldq of disreputable women who lived on the outskirts of society. Meet qDutch Kateq Wilson, who pioneered many areas long before the qrespectableq women who received credit for getting there first; ruthless heartbreakers Cad Wilson a Rose Blumkin; qFrench Marieq Larose, who auctioned herself off as a wife to the highest bidder; a Edith Neile, called the qOregon Mare, q famous for both her outlandish behavior a her soft-hearted generosity. These qgood time girlsq crossed geographic a social frontiers, finding freedom, independence, hardship, heartbreak a sometimes astonishing wealth. They were an important part of this key chapter in the history of the West, which holds a special place in the American imagination.These are the girls of the demimonde, that aquot;half worldaquot; of disreputable women who lived on the outskirts of society.
|Title||:||Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush|
|Publisher||:||Epicenter Press - 1999|