Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 58 (Hardback)
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Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 58 (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 30/04/2004
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The passage of Measure 58 in Oregon in 1998 was a milestone in adoption reform. For the first time in U.S. history a grassroots initiative restored the legal right of adopted adults to request and receive their original birth certificates. Within a day after the law went into effect, nearly 2,400 adoptees had applied for these previously sealed records, elevating their right to know over a birth mother's right to privacy. E. Wayne Carp, a nationally respected authority on adoption history, now reveals the efforts of the radical adoptee rights organization Bastard Nation to pass this milestone initiative. He has written an intimate history of a passionately proposed and opposed initiative that has the potential to revolutionize the adoption reform movement nationwide. Carp follows the campaign from its inception through the hard-fought signature drives of proponents Helen Hill and Grimm to the electoral campaign and ensuing court battles. The opposition was formidable: government officials, adoption agencies, news media, the ACLU, religious organizations, and ad-hoc citizen political groups.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700613052
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"From the pathbreaking historian of adoption secrecy and disclosure, Adoption Politics provides a gripping account of local politics in the Internet age and a perceptive analysis of how a new kind of grassroots initiative transformed adoption law."--Barbara Melosh, author of Strangers and Kin: The American Way of Adoption

"A rich, detailed, and fascinating account. The voices of activists on both sides of the issue, framed by Carp's keen analysis and elegant prose, make this book essential reading for all those touched by adoption, as well as anyone interested in the politics of private life."--Elaine Tyler May, author of Barren in the Promised Land

"A timely, balanced, and thought-provoking book that raises questions about adoption, citizen initiatives, and privacy rights that we cannot afford to ignore."--Steven Mintz, author of Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of Family Life

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