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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 416 pages
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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.


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

User Review  - Staren - Goodreads

Well, it took me forever to read it, because the book is very fat and dry detailed, but a thought about quitting it almost never came to my mind, and eventually it was a very useful and unusual ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Nicole Green - Goodreads

It's a little overwritten, but overall fascinating and really covers the topic well. There was a little too much family history, and he jumped around and sometimes went into detail about people who ... Read full review

Contents

BOOK ONE INTRODUCTION
BOOK TWO THREE GENERATIONS OF IMBECILES
A Forgotten Gravestone
BOOK THREE THE SINS OF THE FATHERS
A City Upon a Hill
The Hideous Serpent of Hopelessly Vicious Protoplasm
But Oh Alas for Youthful Pride
Oh the Bliss of Being a Mother
The Making of a Master Race
Neighborly Love and Beyond
Harrys Secret
BOOK FOUR GENERATIONS LOST
What They Did to Me Was Sexual Murder
EPILOGUE The Apex of Civilization
About the Author
Copyright

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Harry Bruinius was born in Chicago and attended Yale University, where he studied theology, and Columbia University, where he studied journalism. He is a frequent contributor to The Christian Science Monitor, a professor of journalism at Hunter College and is the founder of The Village Quill, a work space for writers in TriBeCa. He lives in Manhattan.


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