Minnesota Historical Society

Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront

$ 24.95

A real-life detective story uncovering the history of brothels in nineteenth-century Minneapolis

Minneapolis Madams is the surprising and riveting account of the Minneapolis red-light district and the powerful madams who ran it. Penny A. Petersen brings to life this nearly forgotten chapter of Minneapolis history, tracing the story of how these “houses of ill fame” rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century and were finally shut down in the early twentieth century.


  • By: Penny Peterson
  • Format: Paper, 240 pages, 20 b&w photos, 4 maps, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (2013)
  • Product ##: 9780816665242


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