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Author Engelman, Peter

Title A history of the birth control movement in America / Peter C. Engelman

Publ Info Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, [2011]
 Bryant Main Stacks  HQ766.5.U5 E54 2011    AVAILABLE
 CCRI-Prov.  HQ766.5 .U5 E54 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  HQ766.5.U5 E54 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xxiii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Healing society : disease, medicine, and history
Healing society--disease, medicine, and history
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-220) and index
Contents Before "birth control" -- Birth control and free speech -- Birth control clinics -- Birth control and public acceptance
Note The women-led birth control movement defied the law to advocate one of the most controversial ideas in modern times: that women should have control over if and when to have children. The movement overcame government suppression and vigorous religious and moral opposition to insure that contraception became a necessary component of modern healthcare. --
A History of the Birth Control Movement in America tells the extraordinary story of a group of reformers dedicated to making contraception legal, accessible, and acceptable. This engrossing narrative details how Margaret Sanger's campaign beginning in 1914 to challenge anti obscenity laws criminalizing the distribution of contraceptive information grew into one of the most far reaching social reform movements in American history. --
The book opens with a discussion of the history of birth control methods and the criminalization of contraception and abortion in the 19th century. Its core, however, is an exciting narrative of the campaign in the 20th century, vividly recalling the arrests and indictments, banned publications, imprisonments, confiscations, clinic raids, mass meetings, and courtroom dramas that publicized the cause across the nation. Attention is paid to the movement's thorny alliances with medicine and eugenics and especially to its success in precipitating a profound shift in sexual attitudes that turned the use of contraception into an acceptable social practice. Finally, the birth control movement is linked to court won privacy protections and the present day movement for reproductive rights. --Book Jacket
LC subject Birth control -- United States -- History
Birth control -- United States -- Political aspects
Birth control clinics -- United States -- History
ISBN 9780313365096 (hardcopy : alk. paper)
0313365091 (hardcopy : alk. paper)
9780313365102 (ebook)
0313365105 (ebook)