This paper presentation draws from my dissertation research, in which I examined how Progressive-Era Chicago social reformers constructed prostitution as a social problem. I specifically discuss the rhetorical persuasiveness of the “white slavery” construction, which is primarily examined in Chapter 3 of my dissertation.
Swygart-Hobaugh, M. (2013, April 27). “MY GOD! IF ONLY I COULD GET OUT OF HERE!” The construction of “white slavery” as a social problem in Progressive-Era Chicago. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA.
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