The Vice Trust: A Reinterpretation of the White Slavery Scare in the United States, 1907-1917

  title={The Vice Trust: A Reinterpretation of the White Slavery Scare in the United States, 1907-1917},
  author={Mara L. Keire},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={41 - 5}
  • Mara L. Keire
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • History
  • Journal of Social History
During the white slavery scare of the Progressive era, American reformers intertwined the story of the sexually coerced maiden with a heated condemnation of the business of vice. Economic allusions permeated the rhetoric of anti-vice reform, but three metaphors in particular anchored reformers' representation of social relations in urban red-light districts. The first metaphor depicted the business of vice as a trust composed of allied interests. The second metaphor was that red-light districts… 

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