What kind of a woman was Ruth Barnett in the 1910s and 1920s? How would she have fit in the context of expectations about women of her class at that time?
Who was Mararet Sanger, and how did Portland authorities respond to her activities? Why did she receive such different treatment than active abortionists did? What does this tell us about the time period between the wars?
To what extent can the anti-abortion doctors' objections to abortionists' activities be traced to an emerging sense of professional "turf"? Using Harvey Green's book, how might this be a reaction to a growing sense of uncertainty?
Does the location of this story matter? Does Portland seem fundamentally different from New York City?
What does this book tell us about sexual behaviors of women during the first half of the twentieth century?
What is Solinger's thesis? What is her argument?
What sorts of sources has Solinger used to recreate this story? How much of her story is shaped by issues of privacy?
Why did Solinger write this book?
A brief biography of birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger.
The Margaret Sanger Papers Project website at New York University.
The Emma Goldman Papers Project website at The University of California, Berkeley, with information on Goldman, the great anarchist and birth control activist.
Prepared by Professor Catherine Lavender for History 339 (Themes in U.S. History, 1914-1945), The Department of History, The College of Staten Island of The City University of New York. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Semester 1997. Last modified: Tuesday 21 October 1997