AcknowledgmentsA Word on Terminology1. In Bed with the Fed2. The People's War, 1918-19263. Battling the Mad Dog, 1927-19404. Lifting the Shadow from the Land, 1941-19455. A False Sense of Security, 1946-19596. Making Love, Not Babies or Disease, 1960-19807. Telling It Like It Is, 1981-19888. Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, 1989-2008EpilogueNotesIndex
Alexandra M. Lord received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She previously served as a historian with the U.S. Public Health Service.
Lord, a public health historian, argues that the U.S. government has spent the past 90 years trying to give Americans frank sex education, but the power of religious groups and Americans' own squeamishness in admitting to having premarital sex has thwarted public health officials for nearly all of that time. Publishers Weekly Lively historical account... Lord is particularly enlightening about the ways in which race, religion and geography have produced an inconsistent approach to sex education. -- Susan Jacoby Washington Post Book World This fascinating history of the past hundred years of sex education in America explores public and private efforts to eradicate sexually transmitted disease and promote healthy sexual behavior: It also reveals our hang-up, Alexandra Lord observes: 'Americans' uneasiness with sexual behavior.' Youth Today Americans have a split on the issue: using a condom is a responsible action, but having the sex that makes using a condom a responsible action, well, that's irresponsible and immoral. Lord, a former historian for the Public Health Service, has documented this ambivalent stance throughout her fascinating book, which surprises throughout in showing just how little sex education changed through the twentieth century, even though we profited from an increase in scientific knowledge and from improved contraceptive and prophylactic technologies. Erotica Readers and Writers Association An informative and enjoyable read. -- James Wagoner Conscience This is a highly readable study about a hot-button issue... Condom Nation contextualizes federal policies within the changing sexual mores of the twentieth century and shows how important it is to look at the story behind sex education campaigns. -- Tamara Myers H-Education, H-Net Reviews