Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America

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Macmillan, May 1, 2002 - History - 384 pages
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From thriving black market to big business, the commercialization of birth control in the United States

In Devices and Desires, Andrea Tone breaks new ground by showing what it was really like to buy, produce, and use contraceptives during a century of profound social and technological change. A down-and-out sausage-casing worker by day who turned surplus animal intestines into a million-dollar condom enterprise at night; inventors who fashioned cervical caps out of watch springs; and a mother of six who kissed photographs of the inventor of the Pill -- these are just a few of the individuals who make up this riveting story.
  

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Review: Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America

User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

Read the section on the 19th century, what I needed for my research. Will go back to the 20th century section later. Lots and lots of good info, much of it pulled from archival primary sources, not easy to access. Fascinating stuff! Read full review

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User Review  - Annie - Goodreads

This was such an interesting book. It was fascinating and cringe-worthy in turns (merciful heavens was it cringe-worthy), and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. As an American, the evolution of ... Read full review

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Andrea Tone, an associate professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the author of The Business of Benevolence and the editor of Controlling Reproduction: An American History. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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