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Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820 (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American ... and the University of North Carolina Press) New edition Edition

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[Readers] will find much of the research fresh and giving much food for thought as we approach discussion
of hot issues of our own day.--Anglican and Episcopalian History

A remarkably detailed study of childbirth and family planning from the colonial period through the early nineteenth
century. . . . Relevant not just to historians but also to those who study current debates.--American Historical Review

An exciting new interpretation of the radicalism of the American Revolution.--Early American Literature

Fascinating. . . . Klepp offers an exciting new interpretation of women in Revolutionary America, and she presents her
quantitative and qualitative evidence in an accessible and elegant manner.--Common-Place

Outstanding. . . . [An] admirable book.--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

The heart of the book . . . focus[es] on cultural reinterpretation of fertility and the technologies of family
limitation. Here, Klepp makes her most original contribution and persuasively presents women as a constitutive force in
this sea change. . . . Joins a growing body of scholarship in demonstrating that gender conventions were debated and
transformed in the age of revolution.--Journal of American History

Interesting. . . . Demographers have much to gain from reading the work of this investigator.--Population and
Development Review

Everyone interested in the American revolutionary era, women, and human reproduction will find Revolutionary Conceptions
insightful."–-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Through an exhaustive examination of an enormous variety of qualitative sources . . . Klepp is able to reconstruct
important shifts in how people thought about these sensitive issues. . . . Fascinating. . . . A true example of
interdisciplinary work at its best--rigorous yet imaginative, nuanced yet sweeping.--Journal of Interdisciplinary

This important new work skillfully synthesizes more than four decades of scholarship on women, fertility, and sexuality
while successfully recovering clues to the intimate conversations and decision making that took place between husband
and wife and within women's social networks. . . . Essential.--Choice

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Written by one of our most distinguished historians, this marvelous book analyzes the revolution by the
women of America's founding generations to assume greater control over their lives. This shift in consciousness and
behavior transformed the new nation every bit as much as did the traditional political revolution.--Billy G. Smith,
Montana State University

Specialists and students alike now have an excellent, strongly argued monograph on long-term fertility decline in the
United States that highlights women's choices. While carefully delineating regional and racial variations in patterns of
fertility, Klepp convincingly makes the case that women deliberately limited family size in the name of new ideals about
personal autonomy and mutuality in marriage promoted by the American Revolution and evangelical Christianity.--Toby L.
Ditz, The Johns Hopkins University

Susan Klepp's brilliant research reveals that an intimate American Revolution lurked under the familiar one,
destabilizing old ways and quietly transforming American society in ways that few men understood. She challenges much
that we thought we knew; many otherwise admirable books now feel outdated.--Linda K. Kerber, University of Iowa

Klepp's adept use of quantitative data and visual imagery makes the fertility transition real in cultural as well as
demographic terms. We see the transformation in the representations of women's bodies and calculate the shift in numbers
of births. Her knowledge of the evidence is unsurpassed, and she presents her finding with clarity and
insight.--Kathleen M. Brown, University of Pennsylvania

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