Wake Up Little Susie / Edition 2

Wake Up Little Susie / Edition 2

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by Rickie Solinger

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ISBN-10: 0415926769

ISBN-13: 9780415926768

Pub. Date: 05/11/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Female and Fertile in the Fifties1
Chapter 1.The Stick and the Carrot: Public Meanings of Black and White Single Pregnancy in the Pre-Roe v. Wade Era20
Chapter 2.The Making of the "Matriarchy": The Persistence of Biological Explanations for Black Single Pregnancy41
Chapter 3.The Girl Nobody Loved: Psychological Explanations for White Single Pregnancy86
Chapter 4.Behind the Fence: Maternity Homes, 1945-65103
Chapter 5.The Disposition of Illegitimate Babies I: The Postwar Adoption Mandate148
Chapter 6.The Disposition of Illegitimate Babies II: A Taxpayer's Issue187
Chapter 7.The Population Bomb and the Sexual Revolution: Toward Choice205
Afterword: The Legacy of Racialized Single Motherhood--1950s and Beyond233
Bibliographic Essay304

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Wake Up Little Susie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AngelicBlonde More than 1 year ago
This is a great study on what it was like for women, both black and white, to deal with pregnancy outside the institution of marriage. This book is well-researched and it reads like a book you would read for a college class so it is not something to just pick up and read on the beach. This book is highly informative and easy to read. The author has organized each chapter well and there is an extensive biography at the end of the book in case readers are interested as to where she obtained her information or who are interested to get other books on the same topic.

This book took me awhile to get through because it is not light reading. It is dense and has a great number of arguments and details in it but its worth the read if you are interested in post-WWII unwed pregnancy and how different the experience was depending on your race. This book definitely makes the female readers of today grateful for the Roe v Wade case that made abortion a legal practice in this country.

I would only recommend this book to people who are truely interested in the subject matter. Otherwise you will find this book dry and boring.