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    Vassar College
   
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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HIST 260 - Sex & Reproduction in 19th Century United States: Before Margaret Sanger

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as WMST 260 ) Focusing on the United States from roughly 1800 to 1900, this course explores sex and reproduction and their relationship to broader transformations in society, politics, and women’s rights. Among the issues considered are birth patterns on the frontier and in the slave South; industrialization, urbanization, and falling fertility; the rise of sex radicalism; and the emergence of “heterosexual” and “homosexual” as categories of identity. The course examines public scandals, such as the infamous Beecher-Tilton adultery trial, and the controversy over education and women’s health that was prompted by the opening of Vassar College. The course ends by tracing the complex impact of the Comstock law (1873) and the emergence of a modern movement for birth control. Rebecca Edwards.

Two 75-minute periods.



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