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Contraception and abortion in nineteenth-century America

Author: Janet Farrell Brodie
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1997, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st print., Cornell paperbacksView all editions and formats
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"In pocket-sized, coded diaries, an upper-middle-class American woman named Mary Poor recorded with small "x's" the occasions of sexual intercourse with her husband Henry over a twenty-eight-year period. Janet Farrell Brodie introduces this engaging pair early in a book that is certain to be the definitive study of family limitation in nineteenth-century America. She makes adroit use of Mary's diaries and letters to
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Farrell Brodie
ISBN: 9780801484339 0801484332 0801428491 9780801428494
OCLC Number: 764568760
Description: xviii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Story of Love and Family Limitation: "x" for Sexual Intercourse --
2. Strategies in Colonial America --
3. "New" Reproductive Control --
4. Private Debate Goes Public --
5. Antebellum Public Audience: Who Were They and How Did They Find Out? --
6. Boom in Self-Help Literature after 1850 --
7. "Most Fashionable" Contraceptive Devices --
8. Criminalizing Reproductive Control: The End-of-Century Campaigns to Disempower Women --
Selected Bibliography of Literature of Reproductive Control Advice, 1830-1880.
Other Titles: Contraception and abortion in 19th-century America
Responsibility: Janet Farrell Brodie.

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"In pocket-sized, coded diaries, an upper-middle-class American woman named Mary Poor recorded with small "x's" the occasions of sexual intercourse with her husband Henry over a twenty-eight-year period. Janet Farrell Brodie introduces this engaging pair early in a book that is certain to be the definitive study of family limitation in nineteenth-century America. She makes adroit use of Mary's diaries and letters to lift a curtain on the intimate life of a Victorian couple attempting to control the size of their family." "Were the Poors typical? Who used reproductive control in the years between 1830 and 1880? What methods did they use and how did they learn about them? By examining a wide array of sources, Brodie has determined hew Americans were able gradually to get birth control information and products that allowed them to choose among newer, safer, and more effective contraceptive and abortion methods." "Brodie's findings in druggists' catalogs, patent records, advertisements, "vice society" documents, business manuscripts, and gynecological advice literature explain how information spread and often taboo matters were made commercial. She retraces the links among obscure individuals, from itinerant lecturers, to book publishers, to contraceptive goods manufacturers and explains the important contributions of two nascent networks - medical practitioners known as Thomsonians and water-curists, and iconoclastic freethinkers." "Brodie takes her narrative to the backlash at the end of the century, when American ambivalence toward abortion and contraception led to federal and state legislative restrictions, the rise of special "purity legions," the influence of powerful reformers such as Anthony Comstock, and the vehement opposition of medical professionals. "Reproductive control became illegal not only because of the fanaticism of a few zealots," writes Brodie, "but because of its troubling implications for a broad spectrum of women and men, many of whom.

Wanted and practiced reproductive control in the privacy of their bedrooms but failed to support it publicly when it was under attack."" "In this balanced and timely book Brodie shows a keen sensitivity to the complex factors behind today's politically, emotionally, and intellectually charged battles over reproductive rights." --Book Jacket.

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"Brodie describes the information on abortion and contraception that was publicly available during the last century so clearly and documents it so well that her work should become a basic Read more...

 
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