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Ann Fessler
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ANN FESSLER
Center for Documentary Studies—From 1945 until 1973, the period covering the post-war baby boom right up until the nationwide legalization of abortion, more than 1.5 million babies were given up for adoption in the United States. Ann Fessler was one of them. In an attempt to understand the trend of adoption that personally affected her, she interviewed more than 100 women who gave babies up for adoption in the 1950s and 1960s and compiled their stories in her book The Girls Who Went Away. She also created Everlasting, a multi-channel, surround sound audio installation of the oral histories of these women. This exhibit, now on display at CDS, is shown in conjunction with Cliff & Hazel, a portrait of Fessler's own meeting with her biological mother. For more info, visit cds.aas.duke.edu or call 660-3663. —Megan Stein

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