When Children Want Children
The Urban Crisis of Teenage Childbearing
When Washington Post reporter Leon Dash set out to investigate the ever-lowering age of teenage parents, what he discovered shocked him: these pregnancies were almost always intentional.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Washington Post reporter Leon Dash spent a year living in one of the poorest ghettos in Washington, D.C., and a total of seventeen months conducting interviews examining the causes and effects of the ever-lowering age of teenage parents among poor black youths.
Dash had expected to find inadequate sex education and lack of birth control to be the root cause of the growing trend toward early motherhood, but his conversations with the mothers themselves revealed the truth to be more complex.
A riveting account of the human stories behind the statistics, When Children Want Children allows readers to hear the voices of young adults struggling with poverty and parenthood and gets to the heart of teenage parents’ cultural values and motivations.
“This groundbreaking book by an extraordinary journalist made me understand why children have children in a way that I never have before. Dash makes it clear that no issue is more important to the future of the black community at large than this one.”--Paula Giddings, author of When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America
To order online:
To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)
Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent
Amy Adele Hasinoff
Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures
Edited by Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski
Gender and Race in the Army Nurse Corps
Charissa J. Threat
Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism
An African American Family Saga
Jane C. Beck
Michael K. Rosenow
Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers
Making the Path by Walking
Edited by Chad Berry, Phillip J. Obermiller, and Shaunna L. Scott
Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance
Edited by Michael A. Pagano