The birth control crusader, feminist, and reformer Margaret Sanger was one of the most controversial and compelling figures in the twentieth century. The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, Volume 1 is composed of Sanger’s letters, diaries, journals, articles, and speeches, most of which have not appeared previously in print. Now in paperback, the book documents the critical phases and influences of an American feminist icon and offers rare glimpses into her working-class childhood, burgeoning feminism, spiritual and scientific interests, sexual explorations, and diverse roles as wife, mother, lover, nurse, journalist, radical socialist, and activist.
"Mesmerizing letters from the days when birth control was legally obscene and jail sentences were regularly given out for talking about it in public. Required reading for our own time, whichever side of Roe v. Wade you are on." Linda K. Kerber, author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship