By Paul A. Lombardo
In 1907, Indiana handed the world's first involuntary sterilization legislations in line with the idea of eugenics. In time, greater than 30 states and a dozen international international locations swimsuit. even supposing the Indiana statute used to be later declared unconstitutional, different legislation proscribing immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds have been nonetheless in impression within the U.S. as past due because the Nineteen Seventies. A Century of Eugenics in the United States assesses the heritage of eugenics within the usa and its prestige within the age of the Human Genome undertaking. The essays discover the early help of obligatory sterilization through medical professionals and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the criminal and social demanding situations to sterilization; and the clients for a eugenics circulate basing its claims on smooth genetic technology.
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Additional info for A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era (Bioethics and the Humanities)
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They then built support for sterilization among the general population after the law passed, helping to keep it on the books for nearly 70 years. Analyzing the political processes that produced laws like this is vital to understanding not only the society within which eugenicists lived but also the type of society they hoped to create. Although there has been relatively little historical attention to Indiana’s eugenic past, the state was on the cutting edge of Progressive reforms, including eugenics.
He tried to help a “tribe of degenerates”—an impoverished group that lived along the banks of the White River who had first come to Indiana when it was not yet a state. 9 They wintered in Indianapolis, supporting themselves with odd jobs. They owned no fixed property and shunned permanent jobs. The tribe claimed descent from itinerant English tinkers, escaped indentured servants, escaped or freed slaves mostly of the Fulani migratory African tribes, and Native American Shawnees, another migratory tribe.
A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era (Bioethics and the Humanities) by Paul A. Lombardo