Hard to Believe ["White Slavery Revelations"]. Crump J. STRICKLAND.

Hard to Believe ["White Slavery Revelations"]

Charlotte: Elizabeth Publishing Company, 1939. First Edition. Narrowly moralistic but surprisingly frank depiction of the Depression-era American sex industry, based on first-person interviews with female sex workers. A few of the interviews are provided in what are purported by the author to be verbatim transcripts, though this cataloguer suspects a degree of manufactured authenticity. Included are descriptions of street-walkers, circuit-girls, hitch-hikers, and "appointment operators;" describes the techniques of pimps and madames, including how they hook their girls on narcotics (often by offering fake "vaccinations"); offers regional case studies including Charleston, West Virginia; Evansville, Indiana; and Norfolk, Virginia. A simultaneous paperback edition was issued, but the cloth issue seems particularly uncommon, especially in dustwrapper. Strickland (b. 1903) was a Southern Baptist minister and temperance activist who published a number of tracts opposing the sex, drug, and liquor trades; he also contributed text to the notorious 1944 racist comic book Clean Fun, Starring Shoogafoots Jones, described in at least one forum as "the worst comic book ever written." Small octavo. Textured green cloth boards, lettered in gilt on front cover; dustjacket; 192pp. Tight, Near Fine copy in lightly rubbed pictorial dustwrapper with a few tiny losses to extremities, inked-out price to front panel, Very Good.

Price: $175.00

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