Scott W. Stern - The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women

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In 1918 eighteen-year-old Nina McCall was accused of having gonorrhea and spent three months in Bay City Detention Hospital. There she suffered humiliation and the painful, toxic effects of mercury injections. She was one of tens of thousands of women and girls who were imprisoned under a government campaign against prostitution and general “promiscuity” known as the American Plan. As Stern recounts in the first book to focus in detail on this program, the plan was in force throughout the country from the 1910s to the 1950s, lingering well into the 1970s in some places. Stern, now studying at Yale Law School, tells the long overdue story of a national outrage that may not yet be over: the laws that enabled this mass quarantine remain on the books.

 

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Non Fiction
The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison
$28.95
ISBN: 9780807042755
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Published: Beacon Press - May 15th, 2018

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