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Barren in the Promised Land

Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness

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PAPERBACK

$16.00 • £12.95 • €14.50

ISBN 9780674061828

Publication Date: 04/25/1997

Short

336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 halftones; 1 line illustration

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Chronicling astonishing shifts in public attitudes toward reproduction, from the association of barrenness with sin in colonial times, to the creation of laws for compulsory sterilization in the early twentieth century, from the baby craze of the 1950s, to the rise in voluntary childlessness in the 1990s, to the increasing reliance on startling reproductive technologies today, Elaine Tyler May reveals the intersection between public life and the most private part of our lives—sexuality, procreation, and family.

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