226 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 13 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2520-1
Published: October 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2521-8
Published: August 2015
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Awards & distinctions
2016 State History Award for University Press Books, The Historical Society of Michigan
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 streets—and the growing number of African American and French Canadian women working in illegal trades—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.
Published with support provided by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
About the Author
Holly M. Karibo is assistant professor of history at Oklahoma State University.
For more information about Holly M. Karibo, visit the Author Page.
“Expertly demonstrates the ways in which images of prostitutes and drug dealers were used in political discourse in Canada and the United States. . . . Complicates a transnational story that is often oversimplified and overlooked.” --Michigan Historical Review
“Karibo's writing is engaging, her reasoning is solid, and her conclusions make an important contribution to the histories of drugs and alcohol, the sex industry, cross-border trade, tourism, and early twentieth century changes to national identity, racial politics, and transborder economies.”--Canadian Journal of History
"Dr. Karibo is to be congratulated on what can only be described as a compelling narrative of vice on the borders and the intricate relationships between various borderlands, both real and metaphorical, in the Detroit-Windsor area."--Dan Malleck, Brock University
"Holly Karibo's lively and engaging Sin City North makes a strong contribution to scholarship on urban history and U.S.-Canadian relations. Its investigation of the informal economy of vice in the Motor City and its Canadian sister shows us the underside of the consumer culture of the postwar decades."--Elizabeth Faue, Wayne State University
“Original, ambitious, and clever, Sin City North transposes the story of postwar borderlands vice—Tijuana and all that—to the Detroit-Windsor region. Taking us beyond Prohibition-era bootleggers, Karibo shows how sex tourism and heroin trafficking flourished in the adjacent cities during the not-so-tranquil 1940s and 1950s, when vice became intertwined with Cold War anxieties and the simmering politics of class, gender, and race.”--David T. Courtwright, author of Dark Paradise and Forces of Habit
“In this original and compelling book, Holly Karibo reorients borderland studies northward. Following smugglers and sex tourists and workers and reformers from Detroit to Windsor and back again, she offers an exciting reappraisal of citizenship, marginality, gender, and race in the twentieth century.”--Thomas Sugrue, New York University
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