"A New Witch Hunt in Salem": The Rise & Fall of Low-Cost Birth Control Clinics during the Great Depression
Author: Jeanna Kinnebrew, Boston University
Comment: Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Kennesaw State University
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For over a century, elite Bostonians attempted to keep “pernicious and dangerous” contraceptive knowledge from poor and working-class citizens. During the Great Depression, a group of socially prominent women set out to upset this status quo, establishing a statewide network of low-cost birth control clinics. Although the clinics operated for years to great acclaim, all came crashing down after a dramatic police raid in 1937. The case sparked a statewide debate and set the stage for the next four decades of birth control battles.
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