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Lael Warren Morgan

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Category: 

History

Publisher:  Epicenter Press ISBN-10:  0945397763
Pages: 

351

Copyright:  1998

This book placed sixth among 100 best nonfiction books selected by the Los Angeles Times and remains a regional best seller.

Because of it, the author was voted Historian of the Year by the Alaska Historical Society.

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     History has long ignored many of the earliest female pioneers of the Far North--the prositutes and other "disreputable" women who joined the mass pilgrimage to the booming gold camps of Alaska and the Yukon at the turn of the century.  Leaving behind their hometowns and most constrainsts of the post-Victorian era, the "good time girls" crossed both geographic and social frontiers, finding freedom, independence, hardship, heartbreak and sometimes astonishing wealth.

     These women possessed the courage and perseverance to brave a dangerous journey of more than a thousand miles into a harsh wilderness where men sometimes outnumbered them more than ten to one. Many of these women later became successful entrepreneurs, wealthy property owners, or the wives of prominent citizens; one former prostitute married the mayor of Fairbanks and hosted a visit from President Warren G. Harding.  Their influence changed life in the Far North forever.

     Lael Morgan offers an authentic, sympathetic, poignant, and often deliciously humorous account of the women who were extraordinarily independent even by today's standards.


Excerpt

"Guys, if you're not ready, don't stand in line!" Lillian of the Fairbanks red light district when the line to local whorehouses went around the block.



Professional Reviews

Pierre Berton, Author of Klondike
"Good Time Girls is an important and entertaining addition to gold rush literature. These women are as important a part of the Klondike story as Big Alex and Swiftwater Bill. After all, they too were gold diggers.

Los Angeles Times
" ...Fascinating reading . . . the abundant, luscious photos of these amazing women, the 'cribs' from whicd they worked, their customers, their lovers, and the frontier towns they helped to pioneer are themselves worth the price of the book.
Linda Jaivin


Seattle Weekly
"Engagingly written and generously illustrated . . . for readers who like history with all the lusty and licentious parts left uncensored."


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