Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 19, 2014 - Social Science - 384 pages
In 1997, this groundbreaking book made a powerful entrance into the national conversation on race. In a media landscape dominated by racially biased images of welfare queens and crack babies, Killing the Black Body exposed America’s systemic abuse of Black women’s bodies. From slave masters’ economic stake in bonded women’s fertility to government programs that coerced thousands of poor Black women into being sterilized as late as the 1970s, these abuses pointed to the degradation of Black motherhood—and the exclusion of Black women’s reproductive needs in mainstream feminist and civil rights agendas.
 
Now, some two decades later, Killing the Black Body has not only exerted profound influence, but also remains as crucial as ever—a rallying cry for education, awareness, and action on extending reproductive justice to all women.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
REPRODUCTION IN BONDAGE
22
THE DARKSIDE OF BIRTH CONTROL
56
FROM NORPLANT TO THE CONTRACEPTIVE WACCINE
104
MAKING REPRODUCTION ACRIME
150
Who Pays for ProCreation?
202
RACE AND THE NEW REPRODUCTION
246
Notes
313
Index
360
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About the author (2014)

Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professorof Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books of nonfiction, Killing the Black Body, Shattered Bonds, and Fatal Invention, and has coedited six works on constitutional law and gender. She lives in Philadelphia.

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