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From the Publisher"An insightful and engaging account of local, national, and international struggles over the control of women's fertility. . . . Should be read by students and researchers alike interested in the American South, medicine, state formation, and the intersections of gender, race, and class."
— NC Historical Review
"The material on North Carolina [is] compelling and highly accessible."
— Journal of the History of Medicine
"Skillfully demonstrates the global impact of these earlier twentieth century debates and imperial relationships. . . . Schoen skillfully positions her work within the wider study of women's reproduction history."
— Material Culture
"[A] well-written book. . . . [that has] the sort of impact that many academics dream of initiating and rarely achieve."
— Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"A bold and innovative move to set the terms on which we might be able to write global histories of reproduction."
— Journal of History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
"Johanna Schoen's close and judicious analysis of North Carolina's birth control and, especially, sterilization policy will change the way historians frame these controversial issues. I would hope that it would also change the way policymakers think. Never sacrificing complexity, the book demonstrates the need to keep in mind both the repressive and the liberating potential of modern reproduction-control technology. A distinguished piece of scholarship. (Linda Gordon, New York University)"
"Johanna Schoen's historical scholarship recovers the voices of poor women of color in the American South as active agents in determining their own sexuality and pregnancies. Schoen's story of poor women's negotiations with family planners, doctors, social workers and the state in mid-twentieth century North Carolina is riveting in itself. But the brilliance of this book is the deftness through which it links local particularities to a larger global context where birth control methods may be either liberating or controlling, depending on the dynamics of gender, race, class, and power. (Rosalind Pollack Petchesky, City University of New York )"