Tuesday, January 22, 2008

SOLD: 1938 Signed 1st Margaret Sanger - An Autobiography

Recently sold: a 1938 1st Edition Autobiography by Margaret Sanger. At time of sale, only found one other copy of this book available.

Margaret Sanger was an American birth control activist, an advocate of negative eugenics, and the founder of the American Birth Control League (which eventually became Planned Parenthood).

Initially met with fierce opposition to her ideas, Sanger gradually won some support, both in the public as well as the courts, for a woman's choice to decide how and when she will bear children. Margaret Sanger was instrumental in opening the way to universal access to birth control.

Sanger remains a controversial figure. While she is widely credited as a leader of the modern birth control movement, and remains an iconic figure for the American reproductive rights movements, she also is reviled by some who condemn her as "an abortion advocate". (though abortion was illegal throughout Sanger's lifetime, and Planned Parenthood did not then support the procedure or lobby for its legislation). Pro-life groups have frequently condemned Sanger for her views, attributing her efforts to promote birth control to a desire to "purify" the human race through eugenics, and even to eliminate minority races by placing birth control clinics in minority neighborhoods. For this reason, Sanger is often quoted selectively or out of context, and her history and involvement with socialism and eugenics have often been rationalized or even ignored by her defenders and biographers. Despite allegations of racism, Sanger's work with minorities earned the respect of civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. *(All biographical information taken from Wikipedia).

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