About the Episode

Police arrested Amanda Breneman when they raided her brothel in 1914. In this case, unlike most other cases of women arrested for keeping “bawdy” houses, Amanda Breneman actually went to jail. The secret Vice Files help explain this surprising twist.

Writer and Producer: M. Alison Kibler
Narrator: Rachel Rubins
Research Team: Jayden LaCoe, Kylie Loughney, Rachel Rubins, Dylan Sykes
Financial Support from the Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster at Franklin & Marshall College
Additional Support from LancasterHistory

Resource List

Clement, Elizabeth. Love for Sale: Courting, Treating, and Prostitution in New York City, 1900-1945. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Hemphill, Katie. Bawdy City: Commercial Sex and Regulation in Baltimore, 1790-1915. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022.

Jenkins, Philip. “‘A Wide Open City’: Prostitution in Progressive Era Lancaster.” Pennsylvania History, vol 65, no. 4, Autumn 1998, pp. 509-526.

Keire, Mara. For Business and Pleasure: Red Light Districts and the Regulation of Vice in the United States, 1890-1933. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.