Motherhood in Bondage
Ohio State University Press, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 446 pages
Margaret Sanger (1883-1966) was a leading figure in the American birth control movement. Trained as a nurse, she moved to New York City to work among the poor. Having witnessed firsthand the travails of mothers in the city's poorest neighborhoods, she felt the need to provide them with information on reproduction and contraception. She abandoned her nursing career and devoted the rest of her life to disseminating information on women's reproduction and contraception, publishing books and articles and founding birth control clinics.
In Motherhood in Bondage, first published in 1928, Sanger reproduced letters written to her from women and sometimes men from all over the country, in both urban and rural areas, who were seeking advice on reproductive matters and marital relations, but mostly imploring her to help them find ways to avoid more pregnancies. The letters are grouped by theme into sixteen chapters, and Sanger wrote an introduction to each chapter.
Foreword by Margaret Marsh
The Pinch of Poverty
The Trap of Maternity
The Struggle of the Unfit
The Sins of the Fathers
The Husbands Own Story
Methods That Fail
Selfimposed Continence and Separation
The Doctor Warnsbut Does Not Tell
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Voices of the Children
The Two Generations