"Fallen Women " Bibliography


Query From Paula Watts hiprw@cc.newcastle.edu.au 10 Dec 1997

Dear Colleagues,
I am writing a history of a Women's Hospital in inner Sydney in the period 1900-1930. Statistically, single pregnant women accounted for 80% of the confinements attended at the hospital during those years. Is anyone aware of references in the literature, newspapers, or other sources, of the period or later, which relate specifically to single unwed women or "fallen women" as they were perceived. I do know of Shurlee Swain and Renate Howe's wonderful book, _Single Mothers and Their Children: Punishment and Survival in Australia_.

Follow-up clarification: Although my thesis concerns the experience of Australian mothers, I have recently read Rosenberg's _The Care of Strangers_, concerning the rise of American hospitals, an excellent text. I should therefore cast my net as wide as possible and ask please for material on unwed mothers in general. Thank you.

Responses:

Brumberg, Joan Jacobs article in the _Journal of Social History_(around 1984)

Kunzel, Regina "Pulp Fiction and Problem Girls: Reading and Rewriting Single Fiction Pregnancy in the Postwar United States," in _American Historical Review_1995: 1465-1487.

_Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work_

Meyerowitz, Joanne _Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930

Morton, Marian J. _And Sin No More: Social Policy and Unwed Mothers_(Ohio State U Press, 1993)

"Seduced and Abondoned in an American City: Cleveland and its Fallen Women, 1869-1936", _Journal of Urban History_11, (August 1985)

Quiroga, Virginia Anne Metaxas _Poor Mothers and Babies: A Social History of Childbirth and Child Care Institutions in Nineteeth Century New York City_ (NY and London: Garland Press, 1989).

Also, articles published in the _Bulletin of the History of Medicine_ (1986,60: 194-208)and _Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Philadelphia (June, 1984.) Also, my dissertation (SUNY Stony Brook, 1984)

Solinger, Rickie _Wake Up Little Susie_

Other Suggestions:

There is a history of the Florence Crittenden homes in the U.S., published 1993-94??