The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger
About the BookThe birth control crusader, feminist, and reformer Margaret Sanger was one of the most controversial and dynamic figures of the twentieth century. Volume 2 chronicles Sanger's efforts during the Depression years to legalize contraception. These significant and engaging letters and writings, constructed to be read as biography, tell the story of Sanger's frank discussion of birth control before an uneasy Congress, her quest for a judicial test case, and her ongoing public relations campaign to convince Americans about the benefits of birth control despite powerful opposition from the Catholic Church. Volume 2 also documents Sanger's complicated personal life, her unstable marriage, loss of wealth, and love affairs in middle age. Covering the years of Sanger's political organizing, this volume is required reading for anyone interested in the emergence of "planned parenthood" and the life of its extraordinary leader.
As with volume 1, the documents assembled here, more than eighty-five percent of them letters, were culled from the Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition, edited by Esther Katz, Cathy Moran Hajo, and Peter C. Engelman. Volume 3 will address later periods in Sanger's life, and volume 4 will cover her international work in the birth control struggle.