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The girls who went away : the hidden history of women who surrendered children for adoption in the decades before Roe v. Wade

Author: Ann Fessler
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006.
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This book brings to light the lives of 1.5 million single American women in the years following World War II who, under enormous social and family pressure, were coerced to give up their newborn children. It tells not of wild and carefree sexual liberation, but rather of a devastating double standard that has had punishing long-term effects on these women and on the children they gave up. Single pregnant women were  Read more...
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Fessler, Ann.
Girls who went away.
New York : Penguin Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607782244
Online version:
Fessler, Ann.
Girls who went away.
New York : Penguin Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607829209
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Fessler
ISBN: 1594200947 9781594200946
OCLC Number: 62593825
Description: 354 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: My own story as an adoptee --
Breaking the silence --
Good girls v. bad girls --
Discovery and shame --
The family's fears --
Going away --
Birth and surrender --
The aftermath --
Search and reunion --
Talking and listening --
Every mother but my own.
Responsibility: Ann Fessler.
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This book brings to light the lives of 1.5 million single American women in the years following World War II who, under enormous social and family pressure, were coerced to give up their newborn children. It tells not of wild and carefree sexual liberation, but rather of a devastating double standard that has had punishing long-term effects on these women and on the children they gave up. Single pregnant women were shunned by family and friends, evicted from schools, sent away to maternity homes to have their children alone, and often treated with cold contempt by doctors, nurses, and clergy. The majority of the women interviewed by Fessler, herself an adoptee, have never spoken of their experiences, and most have been haunted by grief and shame their entire adult lives.--From publisher description.

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A Book Every Library Should Own

by ricklibrarian (WorldCat user published 2006-11-19) Excellent Permalink
The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler is an important book. Every public, college, and high school library should have a copy (or two) and consider it for book discussions. It should be added to core lists for collection development. It should be reviewed and displayed. It's that important.Between...
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Must-read, especially for those who were adopted "back in the day..."

by glaudens@gmail.com (WorldCat user published 2008-10-27) Excellent Permalink

As an adoptee in the mid-to-late 1960's, I had absolutely no idea what the young mothers at that time had to battle.  I was brought up with the idea that my birth mother was only 13-14 years old and thought she couldn't raise a child on her own.  As readers of this book will find, this was...
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