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Wicked Philadelphia : Sin in the City of Brotherly Love
by Thomas H. Keels


Overview - Prim and proper Philadelphia has been rocked by the clash between excessive vice and social virtue since its citizens burned the city's biggest brothel in 1800. With tales of grave robbers in South Philadelphia and harlots in Franklin Square, Wicked Philadelphia reveals the shocking underbelly of the City of Brotherly Love.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Prim and proper Philadelphia has been rocked by the clash between excessive vice and social virtue since its citizens burned the city's biggest brothel in 1800. With tales of grave robbers in South Philadelphia and harlots in Franklin Square, Wicked Philadelphia reveals the shocking underbelly of the City of Brotherly Love. In one notorious scam, a washerwoman masqueraded as the fictional Spanish countess Anita de Bettencourt for two decades, bilking millions from victims and even fooling the government of Spain. From the 1843 media frenzy that ensued after an aristocrat abducted a young girl to a churchyard transformed into a brothel (complete with a carousel), local author Thomas H. Keels unearths Philadelphia's most scintillating scandals and corrupt characters in his rollicking history.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596297876
  • ISBN-10: 1596297875
  • Publisher: History Press (SC)
  • Publish Date: February 2010
  • Page Count: 125
  • Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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