The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women

The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women

The nearly forgotten story of the American Plan, one of the largest and longest-lasting mass quarantines in American history, told through the lens of one young woman's story. In 1918, shortly after her eighteenth birthday, Nina McCall was told to report to the local health officer to be examined for sexually transmitted infections. Confused and humiliated, Nina did as sh The nearly forgotten story of the American Plan, one of the largest and longest-lasting mass quarantines in America...

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Title:The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women
Author:Scott W. Stern
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Genres:History
ISBN:0807042757
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:356 pages pages

The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women Reviews

  • El
    May 01, 2018
    Disclaimer: I read this book at the request of a professor I work with, as this book was written by his son. I did not meet the author prior to reading this book, so the connection to his father has no bearing on my opinion of the book. * Have you heard of the American Plan? No? ...
  • Betsy
    Oct 25, 2018
    This was incredible - impeccable research. Of course the US did this to women for practically a century. Very academic and hard to speed through, but worth every word. Please read and learn more about our abusive social systems and structures. ...
  • Brenda
    Jul 03, 2018
    Informative and intense. The book was overwhelming at times with loaded historical background. Quite often, I felt as though I was rereading the facts... overly stated and perhaps could have been summarized better. I also did not like the fact that the author never touched on male birt...
  • Debbie
    Sep 17, 2018
    While this book might not be for everyone, I enjoyed this look at "The American Plan", our nation's response to STIs (syphilis & gonorrhea) before the advent of antibiotics. What I found disturbing was not the plan itself-it was meant to protect the public from infectious disease-b...
  • Amy
    Oct 30, 2018
    This is an astonishingly good book that didn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves. I only found it because one of my novels touches on this same subject. Nina McCall was a real person--a young woman who, in the early part of the twentieth century, got locked up for what we wou...
  • Darcia Helle
    Apr 16, 2018
    I'm sitting here trying to come up with the right words to express my thoughts. They won't come. I think I'm still in shock. What I can immediately tell you is don't hesitate; read this book. Scott Stern is a talented writer. His style is narrative nonfiction, similar to Erik Larso...
  • Sophia
    Oct 24, 2018
    The Trials of Nina McCall is an example of how going to class can change your life. Scott Stern's attention was piqued by his professor mentioned a social hygiene program that had him searching "concentration camp for prostitutes" during a freshman-year lecture at Yale. He went on to d...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Sep 16, 2018
    A deeply researched account of the little known "American Plan," a sinister, nationwide program initated by the federal government that persecuted, assaulted, imprisoned, and sterilized tens of thousands of women (the majority non-white) under the guise of combatting STIs from World Wa...
  • Susan
    Sep 16, 2018
    Just. Couldn't. Finish. "Exhaustively" documented turns out to be TOO documented, -- I know it is vital to cite all your sources, and that they be original sources, but it is not vital to know what the weather was on the day that some event took place -- and the author has a tin ear ...
  • Bill O'driscoll
    Oct 21, 2018
    Stern unearths stunning material for this nonfiction book, a great bit of historical detective work about the decades-long practice in the U.S. of surveilling, arresting, and even imprisoning women, supposedly on suspicion of carrying STIs but more often just as an especially heinous f...
  • R.E. Conary
    May 03, 2018
    The Trials of Nina McCall (Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison ?Promiscuous? Women) is author Scott W. Stern?s meticulously researched expos of America?s unconscionable misuse of power. The writing can be dry at times but that only accentuates ...
  • Mary Moran
    Oct 09, 2018
    Excellent book! ...
  • Adam Bricker
    Jul 12, 2018
    A majority of the book is about the false imprisonment, questionable services for and eventual trial of Nina McCall all in the name of the betterment of America. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of government overreaching, racism, sexism and religious bias in the plan used to help keep t...
  • Tom Johnson
    Aug 16, 2018
    well written - exhaustively researched - hidden history that needs to be read in as much as the law enforcement problems the book exposed are still with us. Exams that were more torturous than necessary for what should have been a standard medical procedure. For a woman, circa 1918,...
  • Ting
    Oct 22, 2018
    If a Handmaid's Tale pissed you off in its vivid reality about a dystopian society that oppresses women then this book will really piss you off because it's real. It documents women and girls being incarcerated without due process on the mere suspicion of being a prostitute, infected w...
  • Melanie
    Aug 04, 2018
    The Trials of Nina McCall is a meticulously researched, immensely fascinating deep dive into a hitherto almost unremembered aspect of American history: the American Plan, a decades-long attempt to unfairly imprison and forcibly treat thousands of women who were ?suspected? (reasona...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    Oct 04, 2018
    4.5 stars. ...
  • Lynn
    Jul 14, 2018
    I am really pleased to have been introduced to a subject matter previously unknown to me and I applaud the author for his thorough research. However (and especially since it was stated that the author will publish a more in-depth version to be consumed by academia), there was FAR too m...
  • Sandra
    May 28, 2018
    I enjoy reading about little-known, unbelievable events that happened in our country, and that is why I chose this book. This book is about a little-known and shocking event in our country?s history. It is about the American Plan, a plan in effect from the 1910?s into the 1950?s,...
  • Alan Mills
    Oct 27, 2018
    Atwood's Hand Maiden's Tale is not a dark vision of the future--it is an all too accurate description of our past. Arresting, involuntarily testing, imprisoning and torturing women because men don't approve of their sexuality was the explicit policy of the US for most of the 20th Ce...
  • Deestarr
    Jun 19, 2018
    How often we women turn on our own.Stern discusses one part of the movement in the early 20th century to criminalize female sexuality. Between 1918 and 1950 thousands of women were incarcerated and forcibly subjected to dangerous and experimental medical treatments, forcibly sterilized...
  • Cara Group
    Jul 21, 2018
    This book made me angry. I have no other way to express this, other than feeling angry. As a student of history (and law), my mind is simply amazed (and yet not) that I had never heard of the American Plan. Granted, my studies focused primarily on the European side of things during WW1...
  • Deborah  Cleaves
    Sep 01, 2018
    Another dissertation. It needed work before being released as a book. The first cloying errors involved basic spelling. State and street names need to be capitalized. So do the names of government departments. There is a repetitive consistency to the author?s errors that demonstrates...
  • Britgne
    Jul 27, 2018
    This book was a tough for you. The writing was dry and at times overly detailed with things like the weather and character descriptions. I give it a better rating because of the subject matter and that the author brought this to my attention. ...
  • William Fluke
    Nov 08, 2018
    I had never heard of "the American Plan" before. This book educated me well on these horrible actions taken beginning in early 1900's and continuing (in some ways at least) into the 1970's. Blew my mind the injustices and cruel behaviors that were allowed. When I read a book like this,...
  • Paul
    Sep 22, 2018
    DNF. A very long scholarly book that traces the American Plan, which started as a plan to sweep the streets regularly to pick up, give gynecological examinations to, and possibly imprison any woman seen walking along the streets alone. It was an egregious patriarchal plan to find women...
  • Thomas Petri
    Jul 28, 2018
    The fifth star is also for the new and frightening information about our government's love for heinous treatment of the citizens who are supposed to be the power behind the government. Stern uses the life of Nina McCall as representative of the long and despicable plan by the governmen...
  • Karen Adkins
    Nov 03, 2018
    The substance of this book is shocking, all the more so because it's so under-reported. Stern relays how, in WWI, a punitive "American Plan" was devised and funded to monitor and forcibly test women accused of promiscuity and/or prostitution (disproportionately women of color or immigr...
  • Tessa Clare
    Jun 11, 2018
    I can't believe this book only has 12 reviews. This looks like such a fascinating read! ...
  • Speaker7
    Jul 20, 2018
    important work of nonfiction. The American Plan subjected countless women to forcible gynecological exams and incarceration. It was especially rough on the marginalized in society. And these laws are still on the books. ...