On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America

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University of California Press, Mar 31, 1999 - Social Science - 471 pages
The U.S. has experienced a dramatic increase in births to unmarried women in recent decades—from 4% of births in 1950, with most of the babies then adopted, to more than 30% today. Melissa Ludtke's book is the only in-depth analysis of this radical change in family formation to compare and contrast the lives of these mothers of varying ages and economic circumstances.
 

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Ludtke takes two seemingly unrelated trends—the high number of unmarried teens who become pregnant by mistake and the increase in the number of older, single women who become mothers by choice- -and ... Read full review

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More than one million babies are born to single mothers each year. Although some of those mothers are teenagers, a growing number are women in their thirties and forties who do not see a man in their ... Read full review

Contents

Decisionmaking About Unmarried Motherhood
3
A HaICe7itury of Change
20
Unmarried Adolescent Mothers
34
Unmarried Older Mothers
102
Unmarried Adolescent Mothers
162
Unmarried Older Mothers
236
Wheres Daddy? Unmarried Adolescent Mothers
284
Wheres Daddy? Unmarried Older Mothers
339
Who We Are and Where Were Headed
409
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About the author (1999)

Melissa Ludtke is a journalist. While researching and writing On Our Own she had fellowships at Harvard, Radcliffe, and the Columbia School of Journalism.

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