Inventing America's

Inventing America's "Worst" Family: Eugenics, Islam, and the Fall and Rise of the Tribe of Ishmael / Edition 1

by Nathaniel Deutsch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255240

ISBN-13: 9780520255241

Pub. Date: 01/05/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

This book tells the stranger-than-fiction story of how a poor white family from
Indiana was scapegoated into prominence as America's "worst" family by the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century, then "reinvented" in the 1970s as part of a vanguard of social rebellion.
In what becomes a profoundly unsettling counter-history of the United States,

Overview

This book tells the stranger-than-fiction story of how a poor white family from
Indiana was scapegoated into prominence as America's "worst" family by the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century, then "reinvented" in the 1970s as part of a vanguard of social rebellion.
In what becomes a profoundly unsettling counter-history of the United States, Nathaniel Deutsch traces how the Ishmaels, whose patriarch fought in the Revolutionary War, were discovered in the slums of
Indianapolis in the 1870s and became a symbol for all that was wrong with the urban poor. The Ishmaels, actually white Christians, were later celebrated in the 1970s as the founders of the country's first African American Muslim community. This bizarre and fascinating saga reveals how class, race, religion, and science have shaped the nation's history and myths.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255241
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/05/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
834,073
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Sudhir Venkatesh
Acknowledgments


Introduction
1. How Oscar McCulloch Discovered the Ishmaelites
2.
In Darkest
Indianapolis
3. How the Other Half Lives
4. The Ishmaelites and the Menace of the Feebleminded
5. The Tribal Twenties: Ishmaelites, Immigrants, and Asiatic Black Men
6. Lost-Found Nation: How the Tribe of Ishmael Became “Muslim”
7. The Ishmaels: An American Story
Afterword

Notes
Selected Bibliography

Index

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