Wake Up Little Susie / Edition 2

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

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This book documents the ways in which race shaped the experience of unwed pregnancy in the 1950s and 1960s. It analyzes the cultural meaning of unwed pregnancy for white and black women and emphasizes the added complications of race and class in the study of gender. Solinger is also author and editor of other books on abortion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415926768
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/11/2000
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 1,549,667
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Rickie Solinger is also the author of The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law and editor of Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950-2000. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

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
Notes 249
Bibliographic Essay 304
Bibliography 310
Index 333
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    A great study on pre-Roe v Wade unwed pregnancy

    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.

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