Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pg. 99: Elaine Tyler May's "America and the Pill"

Today's feature at the Page 99 Test: America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation by Elaine Tyler May.

About the book, from the publisher:
In 1960, the FDA approved the contraceptive commonly known as the pill. Advocates, developers, and manufacturers believed that the convenient new drug would put an end to unwanted pregnancy, ensure happy marriages, and even eradicate poverty. But as renowned historian Elaine Tyler May reveals in America and the Pill, it was women who embraced it and created change. They used the pill to challenge the authority of doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and lawmakers. They demonstrated that the pill was about much more than family planning — it offered women control over their bodies and their lives. From little-known accounts of the early years to personal testimonies from young women today, May illuminates what the pill did and did not achieve during its half century on the market.
Learn more about the book and author, and read an excerpt, at the America and the Pill website.

Elaine Tyler May is Regents Professor in the Departments of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota and the 2009–2010 President of the Organization of American Historians. She is the author of several books, including Homeward Bound and Barren in the Promised Land.

The Page 99 Test: America and the Pill.

--Marshal Zeringue