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

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

Mark A. Largent


Most heavily linked to the Nazis and international battle II atrocities, eugenics is typically defined as a government-orchestrated breeding software, different occasions as a pseudo-science, and infrequently because the first step resulting in genocide.  much less usually it truly is well-known as a move having hyperlinks to the United States. yet eugenics does have a heritage during this state, and Mark A. Largent tells that tale by means of exploring one among its most annoying elements, the obligatory sterilization of greater than 64,000 Americans.

The e-book starts within the mid-nineteenth century, while American docs all started advocating the sterilization of voters they deemed degenerate. by way of the flip of the 20th century, physicians, biologists, and social scientists championed the reason, and lawmakers in two-thirds of the U.S. enacted legislation that required the sterilization of assorted criminals, psychological overall healthiness sufferers, epileptics, and syphilitics.  The circulate lasted good into the latter 1/2 the century, and Largent exhibits how even this present day the feelings that influenced coerced sterilization persist as definite public figures recommend obligatory delivery control—such as progesterone pictures for male criminals or girl welfare recipients—based at the related assumptions and motivations that had led to hundreds of thousands of coerced sterilizations many years ago.

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