Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century


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University of North Carolina Press
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6.14 X 9.21 X 0.65 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author

Brianna Theobald is assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester.


Theobald's use of oral histories and interviews with Native women makes for an intimate, affecting exploration of resilience under assimilationist pressures.--Library Journal

Theobald has no trouble drawing a strong through-line in the book that illustrates a continuity of struggle for reproductive rights in Indigenous communities.--Nursing Clio

This book is extremely important for multiple academic disciplines, especially for those interested in American history and reproductive politics, and is essential for those wanting to expand their knowledge of American Indian women's experiences, both historically and currently.--CHOICE

An important addition to the growing body of literature that explores reproductive justice issues among Indigenous people. . . . This book is suited for both experienced scholars in these areas and members of the reading public who desire a greater comprehension of the reproductive experiences of Indigenous women in the United States during the 20th century.--Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

Centers the range of experiences of Native mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing. . . . By weaving a birth story into the recent protests against environmental injustices and broken treaties, Theobald demonstrates that maternal health and reproductive control mechanisms have been central to colonial policies.--Women's Review of Books

A model for future studies. . . . This book will find a wide readership among a range of social science and humanities disciplines. I hope it will also be read by health professionals and by students and faculty in public health.--Journal of American History important contribution in understanding the past and current struggle toward reproductive justice for all." - Great Plains Quarterly

The voices of Crow women ring loud and clear throughout the book . . . Reproduction on the Reservation is essential reading for students of women's and gender studies, America in the twentieth century, and Indigenous history." --Montana: The Magazine of Western History

[A] thoughtful close study of birthing, child-rearing, and activism on and off the Crow Reservation [that] is instructive to the field of American Indian history and to ethical historical practices." --H-AmIndian