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The Devil in Babylon chronicles the moral conflicts of the early twentieth century by focusing on some extraordinary people who lived through this turbulent era: an array of personalities - traditionalists as well as progressives, the powerful and the powerless - who, for better or worse, shaped the contours of contemporary North American society. Among them were anarchist Emma Goldman, actress Mae West, prohibitionist and creationist William Jennings Bryan, reformer J. S. Woodsworth, gangster Al Capone, suffragist and temperance advocate Nellie McClung, and pacifist and internationalist Jane Addams."--BOOK JACKET.