A Speech That Made History

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Whitney Alvarez
Professor Patricia O 'Connor
English 1102-56
A Speech That Made History
The 20th century was an era of change in the world. Wars changed the landscape and people, African Americans were beginning to gain some basic human rights, and women were very slowly starting to gain equality with men. Women were now able to get jobs, but they were still not fully in control of their own bodies. There was a lot of (was much) controversy over topics such as pre-marital sex, birth control, and abortion, and these controversies were part of what led Margaret Sanger to give her speech about the morality of birth control in the early 1920s. Sanger used many different techniques in her speech to make it stronger and more persuasive, and also to make a lasting impression with the people who heard or read her speech.
The Life of Margaret Sanger
Margaret Sanger was born in 1879 into a rather large family. She was one of 18 children her mother gave birth to, although only 11 of those 18 survived. It is said that her mother 's births took a major toll on her health and later motivated Sanger to take an interest in nursing and birth control. In the late 19th century, Sanger studied at Claverack College and Hudson River Institute to become a nurse. She worked as a nurse in New York for about 15 years before changing career paths and becoming a "Sex Education Pioneer." In 1912, she published her first newspaper column entitled, "What Every Girl Should Know." She
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