Eugenic Nation Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America

ISBN-10: 0520244443
ISBN-13: 9780520244443
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 346
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Many people assume that eugenics all but disappeared with the fall of Nazism, but as this sweeping history demonstrates, the idea of better breeding had a wide and surprising reach in the United States throughout the twentieth century. With an original emphasis on the American West,Eugenic Nationbrings to light many little-known facts--for example, that one-third of the involuntary sterilizations in this country occurred in California between 1909 and 1979--as it explores the influence of eugenics on phenomena as varied as race-based intelligence tests, school segregation, tropical medicine, the Border Patrol, and the environmental movement. Eugenic Nationbegins in the 1900s, when influential California eugenicists molded an extensive agenda of better breeding for the rest of the country. The book traces hereditarian theories of sex and gender to the culture of conformity of the 1950s and moves to the 1960s, arguing that the liberation movements of that decade emerged in part as a challenge to policies and practices informed by eugenics.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Race Betterment and Tropical Medicine in Imperial San Francisco
Quarantine and Eugenic Gatekeeping on the U.S.-Mexican Border
Instituting Eugenics in California
California's Eugenic Landscapes
Centering Eugenics on the Family
Contesting Hereditarianism: Reassessing the 1960s
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography

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