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Better for All the World The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity

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ISBN-10: 0375413715

ISBN-13: 9780375413711

Edition: 2006

Authors: Harry Bruinius

List price: $30.00
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In Better for All the World, Harry Bruinius charts the little-known history of eugenics in America -- a movement that began in the early twentieth century and resulted in the forced sterilization of more than 65,000 Americans. Bruinius tells the stories of Emma and Carrie Buck, two women trapped in poverty and caught up in a new scientific quest for racial purity. Buck v. Bell became a test case brought before the Supreme Court, which voted 8 - 1 to make sterilization a constitutionally valid way for the state to prevent anyone deemed " unfit " from having children. The court ' s majority opinion was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes: " It is better for all the world, " Holmes wrote, "…    
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/21/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Prologue: A Simple and Painless Procedure
An Epic Quest in the Modern World
Three Generations of Imbeciles
The Purity of Our Women
A Forgotten Gravestone
The Sins of the Fathers
Hottentots in Kantsaywhere
A City Upon a Hill
The Hideous Serpent of Hopelessly Vicious Protoplasm
But, Oh, Alas for Youthful Pride
Oh, the Bliss of Being a Mother!
Citizens of the Wrong Type
Catechisms Old and New
The Making of a Master Race
Neighborly Love and Beyond
Harry's Secret
Generations Lost
The Palace of Justice
"What They Did to Me Was Sexual Murder"
Epilogue: The Apex of Civilization
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index