Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories- A Preamble

I recently read that the phrase “blood is thicker than water” (understood today to mean that the blood relations of our families are more important than any other) is but a modern shortening of the 16th century phrase “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” This revelation implies that … More Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories- A Preamble

Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories – Brandie Greenlee (1994)

(Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.) Source: Greenlee, Brandie. “Adoption Interview: 1994.” E-mail interview by author. November 20, 2016.            Full Transcript below. Ventura, Stephanie J., M.A., and Christine A. Bachrach, Ph.D. “Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States, 1940–99.” Cdc.gov. October 18, 2000. Accessed November 22, 2016. … More Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories – Brandie Greenlee (1994)

Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories- Karen Duffy (1989, 1994)

Source: Duffy, Karen May. “Adoption Interview: 1989, 1994.” E-mail interview by author. November 20, 2016. (Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.) Karen had always known she wanted to adopt children. Growing up in the 1960s, she spent most every summer on her family’s cattle ranch in Nebraska … More Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories- Karen Duffy (1989, 1994)

Blood and Water: A Child of One’s Own- A Moral Assessment of Property Concepts in Adoption (2005)

Source:   Smith, Janet Farrell. “A Child of One’s Own: A Moral Assessment of Property Concepts in Adoption.” In Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays. Edited by Sally Haslanger and Charlotte Witt, Pages 112-131. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005. “A Child of One’s Own: A Moral Assessment of Property Concepts in Adoption” by Janet Farrell … More Blood and Water: A Child of One’s Own- A Moral Assessment of Property Concepts in Adoption (2005)

Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories –  Real Parents, Real Children (1993)

Source: Gulden, Holly Van, and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb. Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child. New York: Crossroad, 1993. Micki McGee, Self-help, Inc.: Makeover Culture in American Life (Oxford 2005) p. 200   “I am adopted,” I have said many times to friends, strangers, anyone with whom the subject came up. “Oh. Where is … More Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories –  Real Parents, Real Children (1993)

Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories – Mary Jemison (1753)

Source: James E. Seaver, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison(Canadaigua, N.Y.: J.D. Bemis, 1824), 43–51 (1753) In 1753 (during the Seven Years’ War), Mary Jemison, then fifteen years old, was captured by a Seneca tribe along the Pennsylvania frontier. Mary was then (via a ceremony that confused and frightened her) adopted and … More Blood and Water: American Adoption Stories – Mary Jemison (1753)

Blood and Water: Family Resemblances-Adoption, Personal Identity, and Genetic Essentialism (2005)

Source:   Witt, Charlotte. “Family Resemblances: Adoption, Personal Identity, and Genetic Essentialism.” In Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays. Edited by Sally Haslanger and Charlotte Witt, Pages 112-131. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005. Charlotte Witt’s article explores the repercussions of the traditional definition of the family as a biological unit when, in today’s world, an … More Blood and Water: Family Resemblances-Adoption, Personal Identity, and Genetic Essentialism (2005)