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Empire of sin : a story of sex, jazz, murder, and the battle for modern New Orleans / Gary Krist.

 
Call Number: F379.N557 K75 2014
Local Holdings LHCA
Author/Creator: Krist, Gary
Title: Empire of sin : a story of sex, jazz, murder, and the battle for modern New Orleans / Gary Krist.
Published: New York : Crown, [2014]
Edition: 1st ed.
Description: viii, 416 p. : ill, ; 25 cm.
Object Name: books
Collection Type: Books/Pamphlets/Serials
Process/Technique: printing processes
Materials: paper (fiber product)
   
Contents Note: Part 1: The war begins, 1890-1891. Going respectable ; The Sodom of the South ; The first casualty ; Retribution -- Part 2: Drawing boundaries, mid-1890s-1907. A sporting man ; New sounds ; Desperado ; Storyville rising ; Jazzmen ; The sin factory -- Part 3: Battlegrounds of sin, 1907-1917. The Black Hand ; A reawakening ; An incident on Franklin Street ; Hard times ; The new prohibitionists -- Part 4: Twilight of the demimonde, 1917-1920. Exodus ; A killer in the night ; "Almost as if he had wings" ; The Axman's jazz ; The end of an empire ; The soiled phoenix -- Afterword: Who was the Axman?
Summary: "From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans' other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City. Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans' thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city's elite 'better half' against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world"--
Biblio Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-344) and index.
   
Collection Theme: Prostitution
Subjects: Anderson, Thomas Charles,--1858-1931.
Sex customs--Louisiana--New Orleans--History--20th century.
Jazz--Social aspects--Louisiana--New Orleans--History--20th century.
Corruption--Louisiana--New Orleans--History--20th century.
Murder--Louisiana--New Orleans--History--20th century.
Crime--Louisiana--New Orleans--History--20th century.
Storyville (New Orleans, La.)--Social conditions--20th century.
New Orleans (La.)--Social conditions--20th century.
Storyville (New Orleans, La.)--History--20th century.
New Orleans (La.)--History--20th century.
   
Item Info.: Identification Number: 2014.0428.1
Holding Type: regular stacks
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