Resources for Further Study

Reflecting Davidson’s commitment to¬†“teach all students to think clearly, to make relevant and valid judgments, to discriminate among values, and to communicate freely with others in the realm of ideas,” we’ve compiled a bibliography of scholarly and/or reputable¬†print and web resources for further study.


Brandt, Allan M. No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States since 1880. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Brodie, Janet. Contraception and Abortion in Nineteenth-Century America. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1994.

Case Western University, Dittrick Medical History Center, The Percy Skuy Collection

CDC’s “Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Family Planning

D’Emilio, John, and Estelle Freedman. Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Fout, John, and Maura Shaw Tantillo. American Sexual Politics: Sex, Gender, and Race since the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Gordon, Linda. The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Gordon, Linda. Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.

Kennedy, David M. Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970.

Leavitt, Judith Walzer. Brought to Bed: Child-Bearing in America, 1750-1950. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

May, Elaine Tyler. Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980.

Meyerowitz, Joanne, ed. Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994.

Mintz, Steven, and Susan Kellogg. Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life. New York: Free Press, 1988.

Mohr, James C. Abortion in America: The Origins and Evolution of National Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Odem, Mary. Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

New York University’s The Margaret Sanger Papers Project

Our Bodies Ourselves’ “A Brief History of Birth Control in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood’s “100 Years of Birth Control” Timeline

Reagan, Leslie J. When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Solinger, Rickie. Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade. New York: Routledge, 1992.

—–. Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

Tone, Andrea. Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America. New York: Hill and Wang, 2002.