Condom Nation The U. S. Government's Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet

ISBN-10: 0801893801

ISBN-13: 9780801893803

Edition: 2009

List price: $45.00
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This history of the U.S. Public Health Service's efforts to educate Americans about sex makes clear why federally funded sex education has been haphazard, ad hoc, and often ineffectual.Since launching its first sex ed program during World War I, the Public Health Service has dominated federal sex education efforts. Alexandra Lord draws on medical research, news reports, the expansive records of the Public Health Service, and interviews with former surgeons general to examine this history from that early initiative through the administration of George W. Bush.Giving equal voice to many different groups in America -- middle-class, working-class, black, white, urban, rural, Christian and non-Christian, scientist and theologian -- Lord explores how federal officials struggled to create sex education programs that effectively balanced cultural and public health concerns. She details how the Public Health Service has left an indelible mark on federally and privately funded sex education programs through partnerships and initiatives with community organizations, public schools, foundations, corporations, and religious groups. In the process, Lord explains how tensions among these organizations and local, state, and federal officials often exacerbated existing controversies about sexual behavior and discusses why the Public Health Service's promotional tactics sometimes inadvertently fueled public fears about the federal government's goals in promoting, or not promoting, sex education.This well-documented, compelling history of the U.S. Public Health Service's involvement in sex education provides new insights into one of the most hotly contested subjects in America.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Alexandra M. Lord received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She previously served as a historian with the U.S. Public Health Service.

Acknowledgments
A Word on Terminology
In Bed with the Fed
The People's War, 1918-1926
Battling the Mad Dog, 1927-1940
Lifting the Shadow from the Land, 1941-1945
A False Sense of Security, 1946-1959
Making Love, Not Babies or Disease, 1960-1980
Telling It Like It Is, 1981-1988
Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, 1989-2008
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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