Population Control in Post-War America Comparison Essay by erinb1985

Population Control in Post-War America
An analysis of contraception and population control in post-war America 1945-1960.
# 101965 | 1,421 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | AU
Published on Mar 09, 2008 in History (U.S. Baby Boom Years 1945-1965) , Hot Topics (Birth Control)

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This paper discusses the role of contraception after World War II with exclusive reference to the United States. It discusses America's position on domestic population control (quantitative, as opposed to qualitative) during this time, then contrasts these attitudes with America's views on international population control - particularly within developing nations.

From the Paper:

"Contraception in the years following the war was a precarious and controversial issue. Everywhere, society seemed to be celebrating and encouraging procreation, with the media constantly including images of glowing domesticity in publications directed at women. Marriage and motherhood were deemed not only appropriate courses for the nation's generation of young women, but were deemed honourable and praiseworthy as well. The economic prosperity that had befallen the nation following their victory in war allowed young families to have more children, and 'the home' soon became the locus of attention, where all the family's money was poured. Contraception was scarcely discussed during these times, since society was so clearly pro-natalist. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bashford, Alison, 'Sex and the Control of Contraception,' 21.8.07, University of Sydney.
  • Connelly, Matthew, 'Population Control In History,' Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 45, (2003), pp. 122-47.
  • Donaldson, Peter. J, 'On the Origins of the United States Government's International Population Policy,' Population Studies, Vol. 44, No. 3. (1990), pp.385-99.
  • Watkins, E.W, 'On The Pill, a Social History of Oral Contraceptives 1950-70' (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1998

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