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Where did unwed teenage mothers go to have their babies in Chicago in the late 1950's?

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September 17, 2014 11:44PM

In the first half of the 20th century, unwed teenage mothers were severely looked down upon. They would be sent away to convents, mental institutions, or other places to have their babies. Then they would return, having been forced to give the child up in most cases. In Chicago in the 1950s, women would have typically been sent to Catholic churches to have their babies. The children were then adopted out, often coercively.