Resources

Sanger Bibliography

  • Biographies of Margaret Sanger
  • Biographies for Younger Readers
  • General Birth Control Histories featuring Sanger
  • Encyclopedia Articles
  • Videos/Audio
  • * Recommended

    Biographies of Margaret Sanger

  • • * Jean H. Baker. Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion. New York: Hill & Wang, 2011.
  • • * Ellen Chesler. Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.
  • • Patrricia Walsh Coates, Margaret Sanger and the Origin of the Birth Control Movement, 1910-1930: The Concept of Women's Sexual Autonomy, Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.
  • • Joan Dash. A Life of One's Own: Three Gifted Women and the Men They Married. New York: Paragon House, 1973.
  • • Emily Taft Douglas. Margaret Sanger: Pioneer of the Future. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.
  • • * Margaret Forster. Significant Sisters: The Grassroots of American Feminism 1839-1939. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1985.
  • • Madeline Gray. Margaret Sanger: A Biography of the Champion of Birth Control. New York: Richard Marek Publishers, 1979.
  • • David Kennedy. Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970.
  • • * Lawrence Lader. The Margaret Sanger Story and the Fight for Birth Control. Garden City: Doubleday), 1953.
  • Biographies for Younger Readers

  • • Nancy Bachrach, Margaret Sanger. Lucent Books, 1993.
  • • Peter Bagge, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story (graphic novel) 2013.
  • • Vicki Cox, Margaret Sanger: Rebel for Women's Rights. Chelsea House Publications, 2004.
  • • * Nancy Whitelaw. Margaret Sanger: Every Child a Wanted Child. New York: Dillon Press, 1994.
  • • Elyse Topalian. Margaret Sanger. New York: Franklin Watts, 1984.
  • • Virginia Coigney. Margaret Sanger: Rebel With a Cause. Garden City: Doubleday, 1969.
  • General Birth Control and Population Control Histories featuring Sanger

  • • * Simone Caron. Who Chooses? American Reproductive History Since 1830. 2010.
  • • * Jonathan Eig. The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution. 2014.
  • • * Peter C. Engelman. A History of the Birth Control Movement in America. 2011.
  • • * Matthew Connelly. Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population. 2008.
  • • * Linda Gordon. The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in American. Urbana: Illinois University Press, 2002.
  • • *Cathy Moran Hajo. Birth Control on Main Street: Organizing Clinics in the United States, 1916-1939. Urbana: Illinois University Press, 2010.
  • • * Carole R. McCann. Birth Control Politics in the Unites States, 1916-1945. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.
  • • * Angus McLaren. A History of Contraception: From Antiquity to the Present Day. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990.
  • • * James Reed. The Birth Control Movement and American Society: From Private Vice to Public Virtue. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.
  • • Beryl Suitters. Be Brave and Angry: Chronicles of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, London: IPPF, 1973.
  • • *Andrea Tone, Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America. Hill & Wang., 2001.
  • Encyclopedia Articles

  • American National Biography. John Garraty, ed. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1999 Esther Katz, "Margaret Higgins Sanger", pp. 264-267.
  • Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 8 1966-1970. John Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988. David Kennedy, "Margaret Higgins Sanger," pp. 567-570.
  • Encyclopedia of Leadership, Volume 3. Eds. George R. Goethals, Georgia Jones Sorenson, and James MacGregor Burns, Sage, 2004. Denise R. Johnson, "Birth Control," pp. 100-105.
  • Encyclopedia of New York City. Kenneth T. Jackson, ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. Esther Katz, "Margaret Sanger," p. 1041.
  • Encyclopedia of New York State. Peter Eisenstadt, ed. Syracuse University Press, 2003. Esther Katz, "Margaret Sanger."
  • Handbook of American Women's History. Angela Howard Zophy and Frances Kavenik, eds. New York: Garland Press, 1990. Esther Katz, "Margaret Sanger," p. 529.
  • National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 52. New York: J.T. White, 1970. "Margaret Sanger," pp. 325-326.
  • Notable American Women: The Modern Period. Barbara Sicherman, Carol Hurd Green, Ilene Kantrov, and Harriette Walker, eds. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1980. James Reed, "Margaret Sanger," pp. 623-627.
  • Videos/Audio

  • • Esther Katz. Women's Activism and Social Change: Documenting the Lives of Margaret Sanger and Jane Addams BOOKS & BEYOND, March 24, 2003 at the Library of Congress' Center for the Book (with Jane Addams Papers Editor, Mary Lynn McCree Bryan).
  • "The Pill" a PBS documentary, featuring Margaret Sanger's role in its development, broadcast as part of the American Experience on February 24, 2003.
  • Barna-Alper Productions released "The Woman Rebel," in the series Turning Points of History, broadcast in Canada's History Television on June 21, 2002.
  • • Cobblestone Films released "Margaret Sanger" on PBS in October 1998. This one and a half hour video is available through Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
  • • "Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance," a half-hour video produced in 1992 by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull, is available through Women Make Movies.
  • • Margaret Sanger's 1953 "This I Believe"'s speech (mp3 file).

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