Scholars have been studying eugenics and sterilization for years, but only recently have some begun to examine these issues from the point of view of those sterilized. This is in large part because so few records containing the voices of the sterilized exist or are accessible to scholars. This essay examines my own effort to recover the voices of women sterilized in the post–baby boom United States from the “bottom up” and includes my own experience researching and writing Fit to Be Tied?: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1960–1984. It represents the beginning of a discussion about locating and using sources containing the voices of the sterilized and working with the limitations inherent to them.
Locating the Voices of the Sterilized
REBECCA M. KLUCHIN is an assistant professor of history at California State University, Sacramento. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled, Fit to Be Tied?: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1960–1984. She would like to thank Lee Simpson, Chloe Burke, Chris Castaneda, Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive and insightful comments.
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REBECCA M. KLUCHIN; Locating the Voices of the Sterilized. The Public Historian 1 January 2007; 29 (3): 131–144. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2007.29.3.131
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