Birth Control in US/1920s Bibliography (Nov 1996)

Query From Staci R. Anson sranson@mailbox.syr.edu 11 Nov 1996

I am currently doing research on the social, economic and political reasons for the birth control movement in the 1920s. Why did women want birth control, what factors produced this need, how was the government involved, etc. I am reading mostly primary sources from the teen 'til the 1930s, however, all of those resources have been written by non-minority women and men. At the time,people considered immigrant groups (such as Jews, Italians, etc) the minorities that needed help (many of my sources mention eugenics). I would be interested in locating sources written by Jews, Italians, etc from the period that also call for the legalization of birth control. Basically, I'm trying to write a paper reflective of the times, not one based on current interpretations of the era. I would also be interested in hearing about other suggested readings on this issue. I have read primary sources produced by M. Sanger., H. Ellis, M. Dennett, the US government, Catholic organizations, and birth control leagues/groups, just to name a few(my list is too long to name.) Thanks.

Responses:

Ladd-Taylor, Molly, ed. Raising a Baby the Government Way: Mothers' Letters to the Children's Bureau, 1915-1932 (Rutgers,1986)

Leung, Marianne "'Better Babies': The Arkansas Birth Control Movement During the 1930s" (Diss., U of Memphis, 1996)

Lindenmeyer, Kriste "Expanding Birth Control to the Hinterland: Cincinnati's First Contraceptive Clinic as a Case Study, 1929-1931", Mid-America 77(Spring/Summer 1995): 145-173

Rodriquez, Jessie M. "The Black Community and the Birth Control Movement", Piess and Simmons, eds, Passion and Power: Sexuality in History (Temple U Press, 1989).

Schoen, Johanna "A Great Thing for Poor Folks: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare in the Twentieth Century"(Diss. U of North Carolina, 1996; available on UMI)

"Fighting for Child Health: Birth Control in the Jim Crow South", Social Politics (Winter, 1996)

Turner, William B. "Class, Controversy, and Contraceptives: Birth Control Advocacy in Nashvillle, 1932-1944" Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 53/3 (Fall, 1994): 166-179.


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