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Author Glaser, Gabrielle, author.

Title American baby : a mother, a child, and the shadow history of adoption / Gabrielle Glaser.

Publication Info. [New York, New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]


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Description 343 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [291]-327) and index.
Contents Family matters -- Teenagers in love -- "We're going to have to take care of this" -- Girls in trouble -- "Children of your own one day" -- "You don't get to hold your own baby" -- "This never happened" -- Blue-ribbon babies -- "Better" families -- The right future -- Childless mother -- Breathing exercises -- Agency -- "You are a man" -- Going west -- Deferred love -- No more secrets.
Summary "The shocking truth about postwar adoption in America, told through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their search to find each other-- As Baby Boomers became teenagers in 1960s America, women were encouraged to stay home and raise large families, but sex and childbirth were taboo subjects. Premarital sex was common, but birth control was hard to get and abortion was illegal. In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Her enraged family sent her to a maternity home, and after she gave birth, she wasn't even allowed her to hold her own son. Social workers threatened her with jail until she signed away her parental rights. Her son vanished, his whereabouts and new identity known only to an adoption agency that would never share the slightest detail about his fate. Claiming to be acting in the best interests of all, the adoption business was founded on secrecy and lies. American Baby lays out how a lucrative and exploitative industry removed children from their birth mothers and placed them with hopeful families, fabricating stories about infants' origins and destinations, then closing the door firmly between the parties forever. Adoption agencies and other organizations that purported to help pregnant women struck unethical deals with doctors and researchers for pseudoscientific "assessments," and shamed millions of young women into surrendering their children. Gabrielle Glaser dramatically demonstrates the power of the expectations and institutions that Margaret faced. Margaret went on to marry and raise a large family with David's father, but she never stopped longing for and worrying about her firstborn. She didn't know he spent the first years of his life living just a few blocks away from her; as he grew, he wondered about where he came from and why he was given up. Their tale--one they share with millions of Americans--is one of loss, love, and the search for identity. Adoption's closed records are being legally challenged in states nationwide. Open adoption is the rule today, but the identities of many who were adopted or who surrendered a child in the postwar decades are locked in sealed files. American Baby illuminates a dark time in our history and shows a path to reunion that can help heal the wounds inflicted by years of shame and secrecy"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Rosenberg, David, 1961-2014.
Katz, Margaret Erle.
Adopted children -- United States.
Adoption -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Adoption agencies -- Corrupt practices -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Teenage mothers -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Birthparents -- Identification.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption & Fostering.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
HISTORY / Social History.
Adopted children. (OCoLC)fst00797050
Adoption. (OCoLC)fst00797076
Birthparents -- Identification. (OCoLC)fst00833298
Teenage mothers -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01145489
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Glaser, Gabrielle. American baby. New York : Viking, 2020 9780735224698 (DLC) 2020005339
ISBN 9780735224681 hardcover
0735224684 hardcover
9780735224698 electronic book
Standard No. 40030345796
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