Madam Bessie Jones

J M West

Non-Fiction

Her Life and Times In Madam Bessie Jones, Her Life and Times, Jones emerges from the shadows of Carlisle (PA) history, first turning tricks in her mother Cora Andrews’ “bawdy house”...

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Her Life and Times

In Madam Bessie Jones, Her Life and Times, Jones emerges from the shadows of Carlisle (PA) history, first turning tricks in her mother Cora Andrews’ “bawdy house” and then running her brothel from the Roaring Twenties to through chaotic sixties until her murder on October 1, 1972. For fifty years, she catered to the area’s elite white clientele—lawyers, judges, businessmen, and senators. This historical work traces the struggles of Jones’s operating a successful if illegal business through actual anecdotes despite running afoul of the law, including her murder and the sensational trial. It contains fictional dialogue and scenes to enhance the narrative.

 

by Joan West
Page Count: 136
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: April 28, 2021
Imprint: Local History Press
Genre: History

HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
HISTORY / Women
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century

Reviews:

"This is a a great book, and integral story and a massive spotlight on the misogyny and racism that brought us where we are today." -- Pat LaMarche, author of Still Left Out in America


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