Books: Sanger Saga


In 1914 a tuberculous, 30-year-old nurse named Margaret Sanger began publishing singlehanded a feminist paper called the Woman Rebel. Six months later she began raising money for a pamphlet called Family Limitation, the opening gun in her campaign to spread the gospel of Birth Control.

She called on Dr. Abraham Brill, just then bringing out a translation of Freud. Dr. Brill asked if she had been psychoanalyzed. "What is psychoanalysis?" asked Mrs. Sanger. He explained, and then declared that after six weeks of his treatment she would not...

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