Pistol Packin' Madams: True Stories of Notorious Women of the Old West by Chris Enss
"Hard workin', hard livin', and hard lovin', these pistol-packin' madams were the brave and colorful business women of the Old West. What an inspiration." -- Kim Dickens, Deadwood's Joanie Stubbs
The picture of the early American West would not be complete without a fashionably dressed madam standing at the top of the saloon stairs surveying the activity below. More than just casual observers, these tough-talking and whip-smart women often had a pistol hidden in the folds of their skirts, ready to take on cowboys, ranchers, lawmen -- any man who dared to cause trouble on the premises or to threaten their livelihood.
In a time when most women were dependent on husbands and fathers, madams -- the women who owned, managed, and maintained brothels -- took fate into their own hands using feminine wiles and an abundance of sheer grit to make a living on the hard edge of the frontier West.
Pistol Packin' Madams examines the stories of these resourceful, oft-maligned women, whose combined adventures offer a colorful portrait of the early days of the West.
Paperback, c2006, xvi, 93 p. : ill ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 89-93)
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