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Better for all the world : the secret history of forced sterilization and America's quest for racial purity

Author: Harry Bruinius
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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Examines eugenics in the early-twentieth-century U.S., describing the Supreme Court case "Buck v. Bell," which legalized forced sterilization, and discussing the forces behind and extent of the practice--more than sixty-five thousand people throughout the country were sterilized--and the influence of American racial theories on the Nazis.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Bruinius
ISBN: 9780375713057 0375713050
OCLC Number: 123199196
Description: 401 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
bk 1. Introduction --
1. Prologue : A simple and painless procedure --
2. An epic quest in the modern world --
bk. 2. Three generations of imbeciles --
3. The purity of our women --
4. A forgotten gravestone --
bk. 3. The sins of the fathers --
5. Hottentots in Kantsaywhere--
6. A city upon a hill --
7. The hideous serpent of hopelessly vicious protoplasm --
8. But, oh, alas for a youthful pride --
9. Oh, the bliss of being a mother! --
10. Citizens of the wrong type --
11. Catechisms old and new --
12. The making of a master race --
13. Neighborly love and beyond --
14. Harry's secret --
bk. 4. Generations lost --
15. The palace of justice --
16. "What they did to me was sexual murder" --
17. Epilogue : The apex of civilization --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Harry Bruinius.

Abstract:

Examines eugenics in the early-twentieth-century U.S., describing the Supreme Court case "Buck v. Bell," which legalized forced sterilization, and discussing the forces behind and extent of the practice--more than sixty-five thousand people throughout the country were sterilized--and the influence of American racial theories on the Nazis.

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