Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity

Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity

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by Harry Bruinius
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0375713050

ISBN-13: 9780375713057

Pub. Date: 04/10/2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

A timely and gripping history of the controversial eugenics movement in America–and the scientists, social reformers and progressives who supported it.In Better for All the World, Harry Bruinius charts the little known history of eugenics in America–a movement that began in the early twentieth century and resulted in the forced sterilization of

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A timely and gripping history of the controversial eugenics movement in America–and the scientists, social reformers and progressives who supported it.In Better for All the World, Harry Bruinius charts the little known history of eugenics in America–a movement that began in the early twentieth century and resulted in the forced sterilization of more than 65,000 people. Bruinius tells the stories of Emma and Carrie Buck, two women trapped in poverty who became the test case in the 1927 supreme court decision allowing forced sterilization for those deemed unfit to procreate. From the reformers who turned local charities into government-run welfare systems promoting social and moral purity, to the influence the American policies had on Nazi Germany’s development of “racial hygiene,” Bruinius masterfully exposes the players and legislation behind one of America’s darkest secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375713057
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,005,905
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Book 1Introduction
IPrologue: A Simple and Painless Procedure3
IIAn Epic Quest in the Modern World9
Book 2Three Generations of Imbeciles
IIIThe Purity of Our Women23
IVA Forgotten Gravestone50
Book 3The Sins of the Fathers
VHottentots in Kantsaywhere81
VIA City Upon a Hill108
VIIThe Hideous Serpent of Hopelessly Vicious Protoplasm138
VIIIBut, Oh, Alas for Youthful Pride154
IXOh, the Bliss of Being a Mother!174
XCitizens of the Wrong Type189
XICatechisms Old and New217
XIIThe Making of a Master Race243
XIIINeighborly Love and Beyond271
XIVHarry's Secret287
Book 4Generations Lost
XVThe Palace of Justice307
XVI"What They Did to Me Was Sexual Murder"322
XVIIEpilogue: The Apex of Civilization357
Acknowledgments367
Notes369
Index387

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Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I found this book to be very honest in the fact that not many people know this history. This is a very well written book that discusses the sterolization that took place within the United States through the stories of the people that suffered from it. A very interesting read for those who would like to know more about this history and eugenics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a big problem with 'Better for All the World : The 'Secret' History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity.' That is, of course, that the history of forced sterilization in America is no secret. Many outstanding scholars have done extensive research and brilliant contributions in this area: Black, Lombardo, Carlson, Kevles, etc. Bruinius seems to be determined to ignore most of their work, an attitude that is incredibly arrogant, not to mention intellectually dishonest.