Annotated Bibliography

Arcenaux, Pamela. “Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville.” The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association 28.4 (Autumn, 1987): pp. 397-405. JSTOR

Provides an analysis of the language of the ubiquitous Blue Books. Doesn’t include a thesis but provides valuable insight by de-constructing the language and the meta-textuality of the blue books.

Connelly, Mark Thomas. The Response to Prostitution in the Progressive Era. UNC Press. Chapel Hill. 1980
Provides a new evaluation of prostitution’s significance in turn-of-the-century American politics. Argues that it served as a code-word for a wide range of anxieties engendered by general, but great, social and cultural changes between 1890 and 1917, fundamentally transforming American civilization from one dominated by the “frontier mentality” to a predominantly urban and centralized culture.

Donovan, Brian. White Slave Crusades: Race, Gender and Anti-Vice Activism: 1887-1917. University of Illinois Press. Urbana and Chicago. 2006

Argues that the extraordinary effort launched against eradicating forced prostitution reflected societal obsessions with stories of sexual danger. Further argues that these anti-vice campaigns played a critical role in creating racial hierarchy and demarcating racial/ethnic boundaries.

Foster, Craig. “Tarnished Angels: Prostitution in Storyville, New Orleans, 1900-1910.” he Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association 31.4 (Winter, 1990). pp. 387-397. JSTOR

Using a statistically based methodology, explores Storyville as a conglomeration of prostitutes of different ages, nationalities, and races. Argues that spatial separation is necessitated by racial divisions, that Storyville is defined by its production method (i.e. prostitution) and that the socioeconomic order of Storyville was, ultimately, governed by race first and nationality second.

Henretta, James. Social History as Lived and Written. The American Historical Review, Vol. 84, no.5 (Dec. 1979) pp. 1293-1322. University of Chicago Press on behalf of the American Historical Society

Provides an overview of the general trends of the new social history movement as it developed, independently, through the French Annaliste movement and the American post-structuralist English Marxist variety. Delineates the main difference as being on source material; the former deriving information primarily from statistical analyses contrasted with the latter’s focus on historical actors. Both are useful to our inquiry module.

Reed, Germaine. “Race Legislation in Louisiana, 1864-1920.” The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association 6.4 (Autumn, 1965): pp.379-392. JSTOR

Details how the legal status evolved for African-Americans within the time frame of 1864-1920. Argues that de facto segregation occurred well before that was institutionalized through a series of increasingly racist legislation. Helps us place Storyville’s racially defined socioeconomic structure within the larger picture of New Orleans society.

Rose, Al. Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious, Red-Light District. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa and London. 1974

An exemplary example of social history; compiles a wide-range of primary documents and collects a database of oral testimony from eye-witness accounts. Primary source material is drawn upon extensively in this inquiry module.



Tilly, Charles, Peter Stallybrass, and Allon White. "The Politics and Poetics of Transgression." The American Historical Review 93.4 (1988): Print.

Influenced by the semiotic work of Mikhail Bakhtin, Stallybrass et al. explore symbolic domains and, further, what they can tell us about cultural hegemony. Their pointed remarks about the high/low binary help us understand Storyville’s ideological positioning within the larger context of turn-of-the-century American society.
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Annotated Bibliography