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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
|Introduction: Female and Fertile in the Fifties||1|
|Ch. 1||The Stick and the Carrot: Public Meanings of Black and White Single Pregnancy in the Pre - Roe v. Wade Era||20|
|Ch. 2||The Making of the "Matriarchy": The Persistence of Biological Explanations for Black Single Pregnancy||41|
|Ch. 3||The Girl Nobody Loved: Psychological Explanations for White Single Pregnancy||86|
|Ch. 4||Behind the Fence: Maternity Homes, 1945-65||103|
|Ch. 5||The Disposition of Illegitimate Babies I: The Postwar Adoption Mandate||148|
|Ch. 6||The Disposition of Illegitimate Babies II: A Taxpayer's Issue||187|
|Ch. 7||The Population Bomb and the Sexual Revolution: Toward Choice||205|
|Afterword: The Legacy of Racialized Single Motherhood - 1950s and Beyond||233|
Posted January 22, 2009
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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.