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    Review ------ [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 History 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 Read more ( javascript:void(0) ) Review ------ 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 Read more ( javascript:void(0) ) See all Editorial Reviews ( /dp/product-description/0807859923/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&isInIframe=0 )