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Fit to Be Tied
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Fit to Be Tied provides a history of sterilization and what would become, at once, socially divisive and a popular form of birth control. Utilizing first-person narratives, court cases, and official records, Rebecca M. Kluchin examines the evolution of forced sterilization of poor women, especially women of color, in the second half of the century and contrasts it with demands for contraceptive sterilization made by white women and men. She chronicles public acceptance during an era of reproductive and sexual freedom, the shift away from sterilization and how it influenced many aspects of American life.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Chapter 1: From Eugenics to Neo-eugenics
  2. pp. 10-49
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  1. Chapter 2: “Fit” Women and Reproductive Choice
  2. pp. 50-72
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  1. Chapter 3: Sterilizing “Unfit” Women
  2. pp. 73-113
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  1. Chapter 4: “Fit” Women Fight Back
  2. pp. 114-147
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  1. Chapter 5: “Unfit” Women Fight Too
  2. pp. 148-183
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  1. Chapter 6: Irreconcilable Conflicts
  2. pp. 184-213
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  1. Chapter 7: The Endurance of Neo-eugenics
  2. pp. 214-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-269
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