Birth Control Laws

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Dennet, Mary Ware. ¬†Shall We Keep Them Change Them Or Abolish Them. New York: Frederick H. Hitchcock, 1926. First Edition. 309 pages. 21 x 14 cm. Dennet, an American women’s rights activist and pioneer in the areas of birth control, sex education, and women’s suffrage, discusses the legal situation and the arguments for free dissemination of information. An essay on sex as a natural and joyful part of life (which she originally wrote for her own sons after finding nothing on the subject to guide them), had been published originally in the Medical Review of Reviews (1918) and subsequently widely distributed in pamphlet form, was banned from the mail as obscene in 1922, and in 1928 Dennet was indicted for having continued to answer requests for the pamphlet through the mail. Her conviction in 1929 roused a national storm of protest. With the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union she won a reversal of her conviction in the federal Court of Appeals in Mar h 1930. In pristine condition, two 2 cm. closed tears to dust wrapper, otherwise clean. Orig. blue boards, title in gilt. Near fine, in near fine dust wrapper. Hardcover.