The Best Possible Immigrants: International Adoption and the American Family

The Best Possible Immigrants: International Adoption and the American Family

by Rachel Rains Winslow


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812249101
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Politics and Culture in Modern America
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rachel Rains Winslow teaches history and is Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Westmont College.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

Introduction. The Interest of Many: The Foundations of International Adoption 1

Chanter 1 "Babyselling Rings," "Adoption Mills," and "Baby Rackets": Formalizing Policies and Manufacturing Markets 15

Chapter 2 "An International Baby Hunt": The "Gray Market" in Greece 34

Chapter 3 "The Great Heart of America": Volunteer Humanitarians and Korean Adoptions 70

Chapter 4 Coming Out of the Shadows: Adoptive Parents as Public Figures 105

Chapter 5 A New Kind of Racial Alchemy: International Development, Transracial Adoption, and the Vietnam War 142

Chapter 6 "Children of Controversy": Operation Babylift and the Crisis of Humanitarianism 181

Epilogue. The Legacy of Voluntarism: International Adoption in the Twenty-First Century 218

Appendix. Selected Immigration Legislation and Refugee Action Chronology, 1945-1976 227

Notes 229

Select Bibliography 279

Index 285

Acknowledgments 295

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