Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America

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University of California Press, 2005 - History - 347 pages
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""Eugenic Nation" is a masterful work that offers a bold and provocative argument about the impact of eugenics on California and the nation as a whole. Stern's analyses of US-Mexico immigration policy and 'eugenic landscapes' are particularly innovative and will surely change how subsequent scholars approach these topics."--Molly Ladd-Taylor, author of "Mother-Work: Women, Child Welfare and the State, 1890-1930"
"At long last a book about eugenics in California, which sterilized more people than any other state. "Eugenic Nation" reveals what fueled the movement, including Hispanic immigration, fear of disease, and environmental preservation. In all, an important and thought-provoking book."--Daniel J. Kevles, author of "In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity"
"Stern brilliantly exposes the dark role that the Golden State played as a leader in the closely-linked eugenics and early conservation movements. By demonstrating how theory became practice in California's institutions and laws, and how those ideas persist today, she reveals the survival of demons we thought we had vanquished."--Gray A. Brechin, author of "Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin"
""Eugenic Nation" examines the science of 'better breeding' in the American West, revealing the intimate relations of race science, gender, sexuality, and population policy in the twentieth century. With this important book, Stern transforms our understanding of eugenics in the US."--Warwick Anderson, author of "The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health, and Racial Destiny in Australia"

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Race Betterment and Tropical Medicine in Imperial San Francisco
Quarantine and Eugenic Gatekeeping on the USMexican Border
Instituting Eugenics in California
Californias Eugenic Landscapes
Centering Eugenics on the Family
Contesting Hereditarianism Reassessing the 1960s

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Alexandra Minna Stern is Associate Director, Center for the History of Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Culture at the University of Michigan. She is coeditor, with Howard Markel, of Formative Years: Children's Health in the United States, 1880-2000 (2002).

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