Abortion in America: The Origins and Evolution of National Policy, 1800-1900


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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.44 X 8.5 X 0.81 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

James C. Mohr is the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History and the Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science at the University of Oregon. He is author of Doctors and the Law: Medical Jurisprudence in Nineteenth-Century America and Radical Republicans in the North: State Politics during Reconstruction, both published by Johns Hopkins.


"A fascinating book which sets to rest a number of preconceptions on the subject. Easy to read and yet hard-hitting."--Marlette Rebhorn, Austin Community College

"Should be an eye-opener to those who think that religious objections were at the root of anti-abortion legislation and equally to those who think that abortion has been a matter of life and death."--Carl N. Degler, Stanford University

"A superb example of the way history can inform a current contentious controversy."--Journal of American History

"Mohr makes it abundantly clear that Supreme Court decisions of the 1970s were not a modern weakening of moral standards but a return to what Americans believed and practiced a hundred years ago."--The Christian Century

"An altogether lucid review of American abortion policy in the 19th century."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

"The history of how abortion came to be banned and how women lost...rights previously thought to be natural and inherent over their own bodies is a fascinating and infuriating one."--Chicago Tribune