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Author Kline, Wendy, 1968-

Title Building a better race : gender, sexuality, and eugenics from the turn of the century to the baby boom / Wendy Kline
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2001]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 218 pages) : illustrations
Contents List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Motherhood, morality, and the moron : the emergence of eugenics in America -- From segregation to sterilization : Changing approaches to the problem of female sexuality -- Sterilization without unsexing : eugenics and the politics of reproduction -- New Deal for the child : Ann Cooper Hewitt and sterilization in the 1930s -- Marriage is not complete without children : positive eugenics, 1930-1960 -- Epilogue : Building a better family
Summary Wendy Kline's lucid cultural history of eugenics in America emphasizes the movement's central, continuing interaction with popular notions of gender and morality. Kline shows how eugenics could seem a viable solution to problems of moral disorder and sexuality, especially female sexuality, during the first half of the twentieth century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and index
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Subject Eugenics -- United States -- History.
Eugenics -- history.
Gender Identity.
Women's Rights.
United States -- Moral conditions.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001027246
ISBN 0520225023 (cloth ; alk. paper)
052093931X (electronic bk.)
9780520225022 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520939318 (electronic bk.)