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In 1907, Indiana passed the world's first involuntary sterilization law based on the theory of eugenics. In time, more than 30 states and a dozen foreign countries followed suit. Although the Indiana statute was later declared unconstitutional, other laws restricting immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds were still in effect in the U.S. as late as the 1970s. A Century of Eugenics in America assesses the history of eugenics in the United States and its status in the age of the Human Genome Project. The essays explore the early support of compulsory sterilization by doctors and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the legal and social challenges to sterilization; and the prospects for a eugenics movement basing its claims on modern genetic science.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface & Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction: Looking Back at Eugenics
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part 1. The Indiana Origins of Eugenic Sterilization
  2. p. 9
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  1. 1. The Hoosier Connection: Compulsory Sterilization as Moral Hygiene
  2. pp. 11-25
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  1. 2. The Indiana Way of Eugenics: Sterilization Laws, 1907–74
  2. pp. 26-41
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  1. Part 2. Eugenics and Popular Culture
  2. p. 43
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  1. 3. From Better Babies to the Bunglers: Eugenics on Tobacco Road
  2. pp. 45-67
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  1. 4. “Quality, Not Mere Quantity, Counts”: Black Eugenics and the NAACP Baby Contests
  2. pp. 68-92
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  1. Part 3. State Studies of Eugenic Sterilization
  2. p. 93
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  1. 5. From Legislation to Lived Experience: Eugenic Sterilization in California and Indiana, 1907–79
  2. pp. 95-116
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  1. 6. Eugenics and Social Welfare in New Deal Minnesota
  2. pp. 117-140
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  1. 7. Reassessing Eugenic Sterilization: The Case of North Carolina
  2. pp. 141-160
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  1. 8. Protection or Control? Women’s Health, Sterilization Abuse, and Relf v. Weinberger
  2. pp. 161-190
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  1. Part 4. Eugenics in the Human Genome Era
  2. p. 191
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  1. 9. Are We Entering a “Perfect Storm” for a Resurgence of Eugenics? Science, Medicine, and Their Social Context
  2. pp. 193-218
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  1. 10. Modern Eugenics and the Law
  2. pp. 219-240
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 241-242
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253004987
Related ISBN
9780253355744
MARC Record
OCLC
703156879
Pages
268
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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