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“Readers will find within this book a deeply researched and fine analysis of reproductive politics spanning 250 years. It definitely should be of interest to legal scholars and law students and also to political and social historians.”
-The American Journal of Legal History
“The book is well documented and well written... I expect this book to find a place in many classrooms.”
-The Journal of American History
"This succinct, highly readable political and cultural history of a wide range of reproductive issues is a near-perfect primer on the topic."
"A concise historical overview. . . . Based primarily on a vast array of well-documented secondary sources, this book is a well-written and useful overview of the politics behind pregnancy in the U.S. . . . Highly recommended."
"Solinger is impressively optimistic about America's potential not only to evolve into 'a country of reproductive justice,' but also to overcome centuries of the sex, race, and class prejudice that have literally built our society."
|Introduction : what is reproductive politics?||1|
|1||Racializing the nation : from the Declaration of Independence to the Emancipation Proclamation, 1776-1865||27|
|2||Sex in the city : from secrecy to anonymity to privacy, 1870s to 1920s||63|
|3||No extras : curbing fertility during the Great Depression||103|
|4||Central planning : managing fertility, race, and rights in postwar America, 1940s to 1960||131|
|5||The human rights era : the rise of choice, the contours of backlash, 1960-1980||163|
|6||Revitalizing hierarchies : how the aftermath of Roe v. Wade affected fetuses, teenage girls, prisoners, and ordinary women, 1980 to the present||209|