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By Paul A. Lombardo

In 1907, Indiana handed the world's first involuntary sterilization legislation in keeping with the speculation of eugenics. In time, greater than 30 states and a dozen overseas international locations go well with. even if the Indiana statute used to be later declared unconstitutional, different legislation proscribing immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds have been nonetheless in impact within the U.S. as overdue because the Nineteen Seventies. A Century of Eugenics in the US assesses the historical past of eugenics within the usa and its prestige within the age of the Human Genome undertaking. The essays discover the early aid of obligatory sterilization via medical professionals and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the felony and social demanding situations to sterilization; and the customers for a eugenics circulate basing its claims on glossy genetic technological know-how.

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Humanity Books, 1995), 11. ╇ Robert M. Crunden, Ministers of Reform: The Progressives’ Achievement in American Civilization, 1889–1920 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1984); La Reine Helen Baker, Race Improvement of Eugenics: A Little Book on a Great Subject (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1912), 108–11. 38â•… · â•… J a s o n S . ╇ J. H. Landman, “The Human Sterilization Movement,” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 24 (July/August 1933): 403. ╇ William Cecil Dampier-Whetham and Catherine Durning Whetham, The Family and the Nation: A Study in Natural Inheritance and Social Responsibility (New York: Longmans, Green, 1909), 2–3, 11, 69, 214–15, 220.

The authors err in depicting Dr. Sharp as a somewhat demented and idiosyncratic physician. ╇ The surgical procedures for women were salpingectomy and salpingotomy, involving partial excision or removal of the fallopian tubes and subsequent ligation. ╇ E. M. Leonard, The Early History of English Poor Laws (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1900). ╇ Philip R. Reilly, The Surgical Solution: A History of Involuntary Sterilization in the United States (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991).

Burford, 1927), 565, 601, 842. ╇ Buck v. S. 200 (1927); Paul A. Lombardo, Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). ╇Daniel J. Kevles, In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985), 61–63. ╇ Wendy Kline, Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001), 98–99, 107; New York Times, June 21, 1932.

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