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Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility Paperback – January 28, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0786420117 ISBN-10: 0786420111 Edition: First Edition

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; First Edition edition (January 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786420111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786420117
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Franks lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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108 of 122 people found the following review helpful By R. K. OBANNON on April 17, 2005
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TIME magazine called Margaret Sanger one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, saying that "her crusade to legalize birth control spurred the movement for women's liberation." While many remember her advocacy for birth control, few remember or give due consideration to the eugenic philosophy that drove Sanger and her allies in the birth control, and later population control or "family planning" movements. This book corrects that significant historical deficit.

In this book, Franks shows that any concern Sanger had for women's rights was secondary to her larger agenda -- helping to create a better race by controlling the fertility of those she saw as society's least "fit" members -- the poor, the disabled, the "feebleminded," the sickly, the epileptic, the alcoholic, etc. Where persuasion worked, that was fine, but as Franks points out, Sanger and her allies were prepared to use coercion when they felt it was necessary to achieve their eugenic aims.

Franks traces what she identifies as the "control movement" from its earliest days in the 1920s when sterilization programs began to spring up in Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, and later California to the 1990s when U.N. "family planning" money helped support forced sterilizations and abortions in China. Along the way, she identifies the key players, policies, and programs that helped to mainstream many of the ideas that the world once found so abhorrent in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.

There are those in our modern PC culture that might be tempted to dismiss such charges, but this book is thorough and well documented, with over 1,200 footnotes and a bibliography featuring about a thousand books, articles, and interviews on Sanger, her associates, and the organizations they founded and led.
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52 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Morse on August 10, 2006
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This book exposes the fear that is at the heart of the modern reproductive rights movement: fear of female reproductive power. We need a women's movement that allows us to be ourselves, instead of a women's movement that demands that we chemically castrate ourselves. Angela Franks points the way to a new women's movement that is based on what is truly distinctive about women. We need to celebrate motherhood, not fear it. Angela Franks shows that Margaret Sanger and her movement were strongly eugenic, and feared too much reproduction by people they considered unfit. The women's movement has never recovered.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on March 21, 2010
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I thought it was a factually written work of history. Having my degree in historical studies, I thought that she did a wonderful job delving into the facts, and citing the appropriate references for her arguments. I would encourage readers to read this book, and not to shy away from a work for fear of what facts it might bring forth. It is most definitely a historical, not political work.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful By RuskinTL on November 21, 2008
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I can't say enough good things about this book. Angela Franks does a wonderful job exposing with thorough research how Margaret Sanger tainted the women's movement with an insidious agenda. Feminism should work to protect the vulnerable; instead feminists have joined forces with the population controllers to oppress low-income women in the U.S. and third world countries, all in the name of "reproductive health." It's hard to see how women can have a "choice" when they are subjected to forced abortions and sterilization. Shame on feminism for allowing Margaret Sanger and her cronies in the eugenics movement to advance their agenda under the guise of freedom and justice. Unfortunately the agenda of Planned Parenthood is engrained in our contraceptive culture.
This book is a must-read for anyone in the pro-life movement, whether your concern is eugenics, embryonic stem-cell research, contraception, abortion, euthenasia or the death penalty.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Russell Wicke on December 1, 2012
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This is a book that thoroughly supports its thesis, even to the point of being dry in some places. But that is necessary to support her arguments. To cover the bases of what she is claiming it requires evidence that she researched the material. She has. Margaret Sanger had a real and dark agenda and Franks is methodical about exposing it.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ThrillCozby on August 5, 2009
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This book connects some dots in history that our public education and college educations don't want connected namely Margaret Sanger's hand in helping to motivate the most sinister scientific idealogy in history EUGENICS! It examines Planned Parenthood's many leaders who were also eugenicists. Keep in mind that eugenics was anathema to woman's rights to reproduce being that at it's apex it led to the administration of mandatory sterilization of thousands of womenfrom disadvantaged backgrounds. This book led me to gems like this article featured in the NY Times in 1950 of Margaret Sanger calling for the government to forcebly sterilize women [...]

The book's references are all listed in the extensive bibliography and all the author's research was done in the library of congress so most of the book is based on the key player's own quotes. She even gets into how eugenics is connected to the genetic engineering movement. The book is written in a very eloquent manner but is not difficult to read or bogged down with overly academic terminology also the author doesn't tow the line that most authors do when criticising the birth control movement and evagelizing through the entire book with religious passages.
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