Red Lights on the Prairies
Submitter: I snatched this up when my high school’s library held a sale of the oldest and most useless books, although I’m not really sure why it was there in the first place. Not a single person had checked this out. Also, I was expecting a book about prostitution to have some juicy bits; instead I was treated to speculation on whether or not some women from Saskatchewan were hookers, based on the fact that they were seen in the company of men, wore red lipstick, and showed their ankles. Pure scandal!
Holly: Well, those were scandalous situations in the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries! This sounds kind of funny – the police and clergy were outraged by all the brothels popping up in prairie towns. There’s a companion book:
Booze: The Impact of Whiskey on the Prairie West