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First published in 1922 by pioneering birth control advocate Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), this controversial work attempted to broaden the still-radical idea of birth control beyond its socialist and feminist roots. Shifting the focus from women's reproductive rights to the larger issue of the general welfare of the whole human race, Sanger argues that birth control is pivotal to a rational approach toward dealing with the threat of overpopulation and its ruinous consequences in poverty and disease. However, in ...
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First published in 1922 by pioneering birth control advocate Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), this controversial work attempted to broaden the still-radical idea of birth control beyond its socialist and feminist roots. Shifting the focus from women's reproductive rights to the larger issue of the general welfare of the whole human race, Sanger argues that birth control is pivotal to a rational approach toward dealing with the threat of overpopulation and its ruinous consequences in poverty and disease. However, in arguing for population control, Sanger makes frequent reference to the then fashionable "science" of eugenics. While critics on both the right and the left have sought to diminish Sanger's achievements, based on the context of her arguments, they can never obscure her powerful feminist message: when women gain greater control over their fertility they will improve the human race.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495951657
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/15/2014
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 983,641
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger coined the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established Planned Parenthood. Sanger's efforts contributed to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case which legalized contraception in the United States. Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of birth control and has also been criticized for supporting eugenics, but remains an iconic figure in the American reproductive rights movement.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 37
I A New Truth Emerges 47
II Conscripted Motherhood 67
III "Children Troop Down From Heaven..." 87
IV The Fertility of the Feeble-Minded 107
V The Cruelty of Charity 125
VI Neglected Factors of the World Problem 139
VII Is Revolution the Remedy? 155
VIII Dangers of Cradle Competition 173
IX A Moral Necessity 189
X Science the Ally 211
XI Education and Expression 229
XII Woman and the Future 243
App Principles and Aims of the American Birth Control League 255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    She was ahead of her time. An interesting work on birth control.

    She was ahead of her time. An interesting work on birth control.

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    Posted January 6, 2010

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