142 pp., , 1 illus., 8 figs
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-3759-7
Published: March 2012
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In this UNC Press Short, excerpted from Choice and Coercion, Schoen explains the legal construction of North Carolina’s sterilization program, which lasted far longer than similar programs in other states, and demonstrates through the stories of several women how the state was able to deny women who were poor, uneducated, African American, or “promiscuous” reproductive autonomy in multiple ways.
UNC Press Shorts excerpt compelling, shorter narratives from selected best-selling books published by the University of North Carolina Press and present them as engaging, quick reads. Presented exclusively as e-books, these shorts present essential concepts, defining moments, and concise introductions to topics. They are intended to stir the imagination and courage exploration of the original publications from which they are drawn.
About the Author
Johanna Schoen is professor of history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
For more information about Johanna Schoen, visit the Author Page.