The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler
The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade

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In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.
 

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Ann Fessler is a professor of photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and a specialist in art installation.
 
Published June 26, 2007 by Penguin Books. 368 pages
Genres: History, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Oral history featuring the voices of women who gave up their babies for adoption from 1945 to 1973, put into context by the author's exposition on the mood of the times.

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An oral history of women who were forced to give up their babies for adoption in the 1950's and 60's.

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An oral history of women who were forced to give up their babies for adoption in the 1950's and 60's.

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