America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation

America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation

by Elaine Tyler May

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In 1960, the FDA approved the contraceptive commonly known as "the pill." Advocates, developers, and manufacturers believed that the convenient new drug would put an end to unwanted pregnancy, ensure happy marriages, and even eradicate poverty. But as renowned historian Elaine Tyler May reveals in America and the Pill, it was women who embraced it and created change. They used the pill to challenge the authority of doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and lawmakers. They demonstrated that the pill was about much more than family planning-it offered women control over their bodies and their lives. From little-known accounts of the early years to personal testimonies from young women today, May illuminates what the pill did and did not achieve during its half century on the market.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465021543
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 636,772
File size: 249 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Elaine Tyler May is Regents Professor in the Departments of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of several books, including Homeward Bound and Barren in the Promised Land. She has contributed to Ms., the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and more. She was the 2009-2010 President of the Organization of American Historians. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Mothers of Invention 11

2 The Population Bomb 35

3 Bedfellows 57

4 The Sexual Revolution 71

5 A Pill for Men? 93

6 Questioning Authority 117

7 The Pill Today 143

Conclusion 167

Acknowledgments 173

Notes 175

Index 201

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