Davenport's Dream: 21st Century Reflections on Heredity and Eugenics

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CSHL Press, 2008 - Medical - 298 pages
Davenport's Dream: 21st Century Reflections on Heredity and Eugenics is a cautionary tale in two parts. One part is a facsimile of the first and one of the most influential textbooks on human genetics to appear in the 20th century, Charles Davenport's 1911 book Heredity in Relation to Eugenics. The other is a series of reflections by 12 eminent scholars on questions about ourselves and our humanity that preoccupied Davenport and continue to challenge us today - the meaning of genetic variation, the sources of mental illness, the influence of nature versus nurture, and the processes of human evolution. Charles Davenport was an early convert to Mendelism and one of the first to argue that Mendel's laws governed all human characteristics, supporting this view with hundreds of painstakingly collected family pedigrees. His book Heredity in Relation to Eugenics provided an academic basis for the eugenics movement in the United States, a campaign to encourage the gifted to procreate and to "cut off the lower levels" and. "dry up the springs that feed the torrent of defective and degenerate protoplasm," believed to underlie the characteristics of criminals, the "feeble-minded," and the poor.
 

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Contents

Genes and Politics
1
Charles Benedict Davenport 18661944
35
The Eugenic World of Charles Benedict Davenport
59
Davenports Dream
77
Genetic Determinism and Evolutionary Ethics
99
Psychiatric Genetics in an Era of Relative Enlightenment
123
Genes in Mind?
145
Davenport and Heredity Counseling
159
1911 Contents
vii
Ch I Heredity in Relation to Eugenics
1
Ch II The Method of Eugenics
6
Ch III The Inheritance of Family Traits
26
Ch IV The Geographical Distribution of Inheritable Traits
181
Ch V Migrations and Their Eugenic Significance
204
Ch VI The Influence of the Individual on the Race
225
Ch VIII Eugenics and Euthenics
252

Genetics and Equality
167
Genetics and Human Nature
181
What follows is a facsimile
192
Reprint 1911 Front Matter
194
1911 Copyright
195
1911 Dedication
i
1911 Preface
iii
Ch IX The Organization of Applied Eugenics
267
1911 Bibliography
273
1911 Appendix
289
1911 Index
290
Inside back cover
299
Back cover
300
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