Post-1945 United States

A Christmas Abortion

Gillian Frank On Christmas Eve 1955, Jacqueline Smith died from an illegal abortion at her boyfriend Thomas G. Daniel’s apartment. Jacqueline Smith was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1935. A quiet, driven and talented artist, she graduated from high school in 1953 and moved to New York City where she […]

Christmas Isn’t for Queers

Lauren Gutterman For most of us, envisioning Christmas in postwar America brings to mind tinsel-covered trees, girls and boys in matching pajamas, dads in Santa Claus beards, images drawn from old family photographs or the likes of It’s a Wonderful Life. Absent from these familial and familiar cultural memories are […]

The Sacred Precincts of Marital Bedrooms: Religion and the Making of Griswold

In our final installment of Notches’ series commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut decision, Heather Munro Prescott invites us to reconsider the significance of Griswold by focusing on the ways in which liberal clergy helped build a broad popular consensus on birth control. In so doing, Prescott foregrounds how liberal religion […]