For our season two finale, we will be learning about 19th century prostitution in the American west. Beyond the myths and old western movies, what do we really know about this notorious group of women? What kind of conditions did they live with, and how does popular myth compare to reality?


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Ep16 – History of Damsels in Distress

Ep10 – Mail Order Brides



Boyle, Darren. “America’s Wild West Prostitutes Uncovered.” Daily Mail Online, Associated Newspapers, 15 June 2017,

Mackell, Jan. “Soiled Doves – Good Girls Gone Bad.” True West Magazine, True West Magazine, 16 June 2018,

Rutter, Michael. Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West. Farcountry Press, 2010.

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Sarah Duncan is a lean manufacturing coach for a pharmaceutical company. Her ADD combined with excessive creative energy have led to many outlandish pursuits and activities over the years, including 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, a brief stint competing in sprint triathlons, and performing in the Raleigh musical theater scene. For years, Sarah has been fascinated with how romance and passion have frequently changed the course of history. Salacious History evolved out of Sarah’s love of history, pop culture, and podcasting.

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