A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana by Paul A. Lombardo

By Paul A. Lombardo

In 1907, Indiana handed the world's first involuntary sterilization legislation according to the idea of eugenics. In time, greater than 30 states and a dozen overseas international locations swimsuit. even supposing the Indiana statute was once later declared unconstitutional, different legislation proscribing immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds have been nonetheless in influence within the U.S. as past due because the Seventies. A Century of Eugenics in the USA assesses the historical past of eugenics within the usa and its prestige within the age of the Human Genome venture. The essays discover the early aid of obligatory sterilization through medical professionals and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the criminal and social demanding situations to sterilization; and the clients for a eugenics stream basing its claims on sleek genetic technology.

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Stewart, 1916), 200–203; Anderson Herald-Bulletin, February 26, 1996. ╇George A. H. Shideler to Governor James P. Goodrich, September 9, 1919, folder 2, box 159, Indiana Reformatory Correspondence, Documents and Reports, Papers of Governor James Goodrich, Indiana State Archives; Williams v. Smith, 190 Ind. 526 (1921). ╇ Rosen, Preaching Eugenics, 94–96, 111, 149. ╇ Meeting, August 8, 1924, Minutes Committee on Mental Defectives 1915 folder, Committee on Mental Defectives, Indiana State Archives, Indianapolis; Gary PostTribune, February 3, 1925.

The most thorough explication of the Ishmael story to date is Nathaniel Deutsch, Inventing America’s “Worst” Family: Eugenics, Islam, and the Fall and Rise of the Tribe of Ishmael (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009). ╇ See David Starr Jordan, Footnotes to Evolution: A Series of Popular Addresses on the Evolution of Life (New York: Appleton, 1898), chapters 11 (“Degeneration”) and 12 (“Hereditary Inefficiency”). Jordan’s ideas about pauperism being a form of human parasitism were reinforced by E.

Alexandra Minna Stern, “We Cannot Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear”: Eugenics in the Hoosier Heartland,” Indiana Magazine of History 103 (March 2007): 3–38. ╇Diane B. : 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 .

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