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Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States

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Most closely associated with the Nazis and World War II atrocities, eugenics is sometimes described as a government-orchestrated breeding program, other times as a pseudo-science, and often as the first step leading to genocide. Less frequently it is recognized as a movement having links to the United States. But eugenics does have a history in this country, and Mark A. La ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published August 30th 2007 by Rutgers University Press
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Michael Burnam-Fink
Nov 15, 2011 Michael Burnam-Fink rated it it was amazing
Breeding Contempt is probably one of the most comprehensive monographs on America's long, dark experiment with coercive sterilization. Largent traces the idea from its origins from haphazard attempts by doctors to improve the public welfare by eliminating moral and sexual deviants, to its Progressive-era heyday as the cutting edge frontier of applied biological science (and the nexus of power and knowledge that is always created by applied science), and its legal and social challenges and declin ...more
Curtis Butturff
Oct 02, 2011 Curtis Butturff rated it it was amazing
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It's important to realize that eugenics was not isolated to Europe or Germany it was also widely practiced here. This is a scholarly tome that breaks away from traditional "great man" views (leaders, prominent figures etc) and takes a wider look at the times, their views and the assumptions behind tens of thousands of forced sterilizations of those with genetic illness, mental deficiencies, criminal tendencies, welfare recipients, and others.

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Mark Largent is an Associate Professor in James Madison College at Michigan State University and directs the Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy Specialization. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota's Program in Science and Technology in 2000 and has taught history of science, science policy, and American history classes at Michigan State, Oregon State, and the Universi ...more
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