Margaret Sanger, "Casa Grande Speech Notes," 3 Dec 1934.
Source: "Margaret Sanger Papers, Sophia Smith Collection Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Smith College Collections S71:667."
Sanger spoke to two hundred at a gathering of woman's clubs in Casa Grande, AZ, including the Eloy Woman's Club, Entre Nous, the Florence Women's Club, the Desert Woman's Club, the Coolidge Junior Club, the Casa Grande Junior Club, and the Matinee Musicale Club. The program included poems, music and a social at which Sanger was presented with a "famous rattlesnake string of beads." No final version of the speech was found.
There is no subject that has so large a practical significance
cuts so deeply into foundations
There is no other subject of equal importance left so long in equal obscurity.
Darwin 25 years for an idea
Anglican Bishops Lambeth
British Medical Association
Ministry of Health
House of Lords
Federal Council of Churches
National Rabbis Association
Academy of Medicine New York City
Obstetrical and Abdominal Division
and nearly 200 County Medical Societies
150 Birth Control Clinics established
Birth Control indicates is keynote new social and moral awakening
not only health and economic expedient
Social principle interlocked spiritual advance of nation and the race
Birth control conscious culture--prevent
prevent not destroy
control not limit
conscious control deliberate intentional
choice instead of chance
positive instead of negative control
Why control birth rate?
Two problems confront one civilization
1 Pressure of population on social system
2 Reconciling humanitarian efforts with race improvements
William Starr Myers. 85 20 (105)
Professor Ross 150,000 babies born every day
100,000 babies die every day
White House Conference--10 million handicapped children
6 million undernourished
250,000 cared for in institutes
applications for three times that many
7 Reasons--3 Methods
Sir Arthur Keith anthropologist enfolding in America greatest experiment in race building the world has ever seen. Birth Control foundation [one word illegible]
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