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Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, and the Family in the United States, 1890-1938

Laura L. Lovett

Abstract

Through nostalgic idealizations of motherhood, family, and the home, influential leaders in early twentieth-century America constructed and legitimated a range of reforms that promoted human reproduction. Their pronatalism emerged from a modernist conviction that reproduction and population could be regulated. European countries sought to regulate or encourage reproduction through legislation; America, by contrast, fostered ideological and cultural ideas of pronatalism through what this book refers to as “nostalgic modernism,”which romanticized agrarianism and promoted scientific racism and eu ... More

Keywords: motherhood, family, home, reforms, human reproduction, pronatalism, population, race suicide, social control, agrarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831076
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807868102_lovett

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura L. Lovett, author