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Author Leon, Sharon Mara

Title An image of God : the Catholic struggle with eugenics / Sharon M. Leon
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents An image of God, not a mere animal: an introduction -- For the welfare of the race: the early clash over reproduction and community -- Cooperative clergy?: Catholics in the American Eugenics Society -- Practical means: Catholic strategies for protesting sterilization statutes -- Supreme authorities: Catholicism and eugenics beyond the borders -- The greatest obstacle: the growth of a confident opposition -- A great, popular, noncontroversial, and effective movement: struggling with the "New Eugenics."
Summary During the first half of the twentieth century, supporters of the eugenics movement offered an image of a racially transformed America by curtailing the reproduction of "unfit" members of society. Through institutionalization, compulsory sterilization, the restriction of immigration and marriages, and other methods, eugenicists promised to improve the population-a policy agenda that was embraced by many leading intellectuals and public figures. But Catholic activists and thinkers across the United States opposed many of these measures, asserting that "every man, even a lunatic, is
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Catholic Church -- United States -- History -- 20th century
SUBJECT Catholic Church. fast (OCoLC)fst00531720
Subject Sterilization (Birth control) -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Eugenics -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Eugenics -- Moral and ethical aspects
Religion and science -- United States -- History -- 20th century
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- General.
Eugenics -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Religion and science.
Sterilization (Birth control) -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780226039039