A History of the Birth Control Movement in America (Healing Society: Disease, Medicine, and History)

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9780313365096: A History of the Birth Control Movement in America (Healing Society: Disease, Medicine, and History)

This narrative history of one of the most far-reaching social movements in the 20th century shows how it defied the law and made the use of contraception an acceptable social practice―and a necessary component of modern healthcare.


· 15 photographs and images of the major players in the movement and of key publications and contraceptive devices

· A selected bibliography and extensive end notes, providing an up-to-date source for primary and secondary material on the birth control movement

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Following the example of Prohibition-era bootleggers, Margaret Sanger's husband, the president of the Three-In-One Oil Company, smuggled diaphragms into the United States in cartons of his lubricant. His actions are indicative of how difficult it was for women to secure effective contraception—and how determined Sanger and other activists were to afford them the ability to do so.

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Peter C. Engelman is a freelance writer, historical editor, and archivist.

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