Condom Nation The U. S. Government's Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet
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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2009
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
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.
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