Sin City North

Sin City North

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The early decades of the twentieth century sparked the Detroit-Windsor region's ascendancy as the busiest crossing point between Canada and the United States, setting the stage for socioeconomic developments that would link the border cities for years to come. As Holly M. Karibo shows, this border fostered the emergence of illegal industries alongside legal trade, rapid industrial development, and tourism. Tracing the growth of the two cities' cross-border prostitution and heroin markets in the late 1940s and the 1950s, Sin City North explores the social, legal, and national boundaries that emerged there and their ramifications. In bars, brothels, and dance halls, Canadians and Americans were united in their desire to cross racial, sexual, and legal lines in the border cities. Yet the increasing visibility of illicit economies on city streetsa€”and the growing number of African American and French Canadian women working in illegal tradesa€”provoked the ire of moral reformers who mobilized to eliminate them from their communities. This valuable study demonstrates that struggles over the meaning of vice evolved beyond definitions of legality; they were also crucial avenues for residents attempting to define productive citizenship and community in this postwar urban borderland.Lying to border guards, hiding goods to evade customs duties, staying longer than allowed, and forging documents are some examples of the ... residents had established intricate cross-border networks uniting Detroit and Windsor residents in unseemly forms of leisure and moneymaking. Contrary to the small body of literature that examines illegal trade across the U.S.-Canada border, this book does notanbsp;...

Title:Sin City North
Author:Holly M. Karibo
Publisher:UNC Press Books - 2015-08-31


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