Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America / Edition 1

Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America / Edition 1

by Rickie Solinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814798284

ISBN-13: 9780814798287

Pub. Date: 01/01/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

"A chronicle of women's battles for reproductive freedom throughout American history, Pregnancy and Power explores the many forces - social, racial, economic, and political - that have shaped women's reproductive lives in the United States." Leading historian Rickie Solinger argues that a woman's control over her body involves much more than the right to choose an…  See more details below

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"A chronicle of women's battles for reproductive freedom throughout American history, Pregnancy and Power explores the many forces - social, racial, economic, and political - that have shaped women's reproductive lives in the United States." Leading historian Rickie Solinger argues that a woman's control over her body involves much more than the right to choose an abortion. Reproductive politics were at play when slaveholders devised breeding schemes, when the U.S. government took Indian children from their families in the nineteenth century, and when doctors pressed Latina women to be sterilized in the 1970s. Pregnancy and Power is filled with powerful accounts of the fights women have waged in this country to control their bodies and their destinies against anti-miscegenation laws, labor laws, anti-contraception laws, and recent welfare reform laws that punish poor women for having children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798287
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
621,058
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : what is reproductive politics?1
1Racializing the nation : from the Declaration of Independence to the Emancipation Proclamation, 1776-186527
2Sex in the city : from secrecy to anonymity to privacy, 1870s to 1920s63
3No extras : curbing fertility during the Great Depression103
4Central planning : managing fertility, race, and rights in postwar America, 1940s to 1960131
5The human rights era : the rise of choice, the contours of backlash, 1960-1980163
6Revitalizing hierarchies : how the aftermath of Roe v. Wade affected fetuses, teenage girls, prisoners, and ordinary women, 1980 to the present209

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