Episode 270

Margaret Sanger: A Legacy of Death (part 2)

In part 2 of studying the legacy of Margaret Sanger, we look at what she had to say in speeches, books, and articles.

Sanger's "birth control" may seem as innocuous as she articulated sometimes, but her goals were far more top-down.

Eugenics, Malthusian population control, and racial bias all played a role in Sanger's totalitarian prescriptions for society.

After we see some of what she proposed as laws for the U.S. government, we can be thankful it never materialized.

Sources Consulted:

Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography (archive.org)

Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, (New York: Brentano's Publishers, 1922) [Google Books]

Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race, (New York: Truth Publishing Company, 1920)[Google Books]

Document 17B: W. E. B. Du Bois, "Black Folk and Birth Control," Birth Control Review, 16, no. 6 (June 1932): 166-67, by W.E.B. Du Bois. Included in What Perspectives Did African American Advocates Bring to the Birth Control Movement and How Did Those Perspectives Shape the History of the Harlem Branch Birth Control Clinic?, by Carole McCann. (Binghamton, NY: State University of New York at Binghamton, 2006).

John J. Conley, S.J., "Margaret Sanger’s extreme brand of eugenics," America: The Jesuit Review, July 28, 2020.

Brian Fisher, "The ABC’s of the American Baby Code," Human Coalition, accessed November 25, 2023.

Jonah Goldberg, "A Dark Past," National Review, June 24, 2008.

Scriptures Referenced:

Deuteronomy 7:14

Psalm 113:9; 127:3-5

1 Timothy 2:15

2 Corinthians 4:1-4

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