Inheriting Shame: The Story of Eugenics and Racism in America / Edition 1

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Williston, Vermont, U.S.A. 1999 Paperback New 0807738123. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED-208 pages--DESCRIPTION: How could so many of America's educational, ... political, and intellectual leaders have advocated such things as institutionalization, segregation, and even sterilization of those with "inferior blood"? How could the racist notion of selective breeding and racial betterment have become an integral part of high school and college biology textbooks? In this remarkable book, Steven Selden tells the story of the eugenics movement in America during the early decades of the twentieth century. Complete with fascinating archival photographs, Inheriting Shame provides a powerful historical account and refutation of biological determinist ideas. Selden discusses the role played by America's foremost social theorists and scientists, popular media, and most importantly, the school textbook, in shaping public consciousness regarding the "truth" of biological determinism. Much more than simply Read more Show Less

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807738122
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Advances in Educational Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction
1 Organizing American Eugenics: 1903-1921 1
The American Breeders Association (1903) 4
First National Conference on Race Betterment (1914) 7
Second National Race Betterment Conference (1915) 9
The Galton Society (1918) 13
The Second International Congress of Eugenics (1921) 18
2 Organizing American Eugenics: 1922-1932 22
The American Eugenics Society (1925) 22
The Third Race Betterment Conference (1928) 30
The Third International Congress of Eugenics (1932) 34
3 Popularizing Eugenics 39
E. A. Ross, "The Independent" (1904) 40
J. F. Bobbitt, "Practical Eugenics" (1909) 40
Granville Stanley Hall 42
The Eugenical News (1924-1931) 43
The AES Journal, Eugenics (1928-1931) 45
Popularizing Eugenics Through College Textbooks 48
Heredity in Relation to Eugenics (1911) 49
State Laws Limiting Marriage Selection in Light of Eugenics (1913) 52
Applied Eugenics (1918) 54
The Passing of the Great Race (1921) 56
Biological Determinism and the NEA (1916-1922) 57
Heredity and Environment in the Development of Man (1923) 60
4 Eugenics and the Textbook 63
Quantitative Analysis of the Biology Textbooks: 1914-1948 64
Qualitative Analysis of the Biology Textbooks: 1914-1948 70
5 Biological Determinism and Exceptional Students 84
Albert E. Wiggam and the Imperative of Biology 85
Army Alpha and Army Beta: Measuring the Imperative 87
Equal Opportunity as a Requirement for Social Inequality 89
C. C. Peters and the Requirements of Sociobiology 91
Henry H. Goddard and Mandated Sterilization 95
Leta Hollingworth and Differential Education for the Gifted 100
6 Resisting American Eugenics 106
H. S. Jennings: Nature and Nurture in the Biological Sciences 110
John Dewey: The Individual and Resistance to Classification 113
William Chandler Bagley: The Ambivalent Critic 117
Walter Lippmann and the Measurement of Hereditary Intelligence 121
7 Human Behavior and Biological Markers: A Cautionary Tale 127
The Story of Carrie Buck: Problematic Definitions of Behavior and Markers 128
Current Research on Complex Human Behavior and Genetic Markers 132
Categories of Behaviors 132
Clarity of Behavioral Definitions 133
Categories of Markers 134
Clarity of the Markers 135
Unambiguous Chromosomal Markers for Complex Behavior: Trisomy-21 135
Ambiguous Behavioral Markers: XYY Chromosomes and Criminal Behavior 136
Commonsense Links Between Behavior and Marker: Skeleton Sledding 138
Quality, Clarity, and Relationship: The Hypothetical Baseball Cap Case 139
Genes for the Love of New Thrills 140
Increasing Dopamine Receptors in the Brains of Rats 141
Genetic Determinism and Sexual Orientation 143
The Nonseparability of Nature and Nurture: Twin Studies and Covariance Effects 144
References 159
Index 169
About the Author 179
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