“American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption” – the dark side of the Baby Boom.
The American Inspiration author series by American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical (NEHGS), in partnership with WBUR (Boston), presents author Gabrielle Glaser and her critically acclaimed work of history and investigative journalism.
During the Baby Boom in 1960s America, women were encouraged to stay home and raise large families, but sex and childbirth were taboo subjects. Premarital sex was common, but birth control was hard to acquire and abortion was illegal. In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Her enraged family sent her to a maternity home, and after she gave birth, she was stopped from holding her own son. Social workers threatened her with jail until she signed away her parental rights. Her son vanished, his whereabouts and new identity known only to an adoption agency that would never share the details. Don’t miss hearing Margaret’s story and Gabrielle Glaser’s account of this dark time in U.S. history. Her illustrated presentation will be followed by a discussion with broadcast journalist Peter O’Dowd and audience Q+A.
This literary program is made by possible by the Brue Family Learning Center at American Ancestors NEHGS