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2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, a history U of M American Studies professor Elaine Tyler May chronicles in her new book “America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation.”

Expert Alert: U of M professor's new book chronicles 50-year history of birth control pill

May 10, 2010

Fifty years ago this month, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the oral contraceptive for women (commonly known as “the pill”), which quickly became the most popular form of birth control in the country and one of the best-selling drugs in U.S. history. Elaine Tyler May, a professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, chronicles the long and sometimes controversial history of the pill in her new book, “America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation.”

To view a video of May discussing her book and the historical impact that the pill has had on American society, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AcqARlzSvk.

In her book, May discusses the political climate that greeted the pill, as well as the myths and realities that continue to surround it. She also offers a unique personal perspective on the drug’s history: her father was a clinical researcher who worked on the development of the pill and her mother was also involved in the birth control movement.

To request an interview with May, contact Ryan Maus in the University News Service at maus@umn.edu or (612) 624-1690.

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