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Author Lovett, Laura L.

Title Conceiving the future : pronatalism, reproduction, and the family in the United States, 1890-1938 / Laura L. Lovett
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 236 pages) : illustrations
Series Gender and American culture
Gender & American culture.
Contents Nostalgia, modernism, and the family ideal -- New occasions teach new duties : Mary Elizabeth Lease's maternalist agenda -- Reclaiming the home : George H. Maxwell and the homecroft movement -- The political economy of sex : Edward A. Ross and race suicide -- Men as trees walking : Theodore Roosevelt and the conservation of the race -- Fitter families for future firesides : Florence Sherbon and popular eugenics -- American pronatalism
Summary Through nostalgic idealisations of motherhood, family, and the home, influential leaders in early twentieth-century America constructed and legitimated a range of reforms that promoted human reproduction. This book looks closely at the ideologies of five influential American figures: Mary Elizabeth Lease's maternalist agenda, Florence Sherbon's eugenic 'fitter families' campaign, George H. Maxwell's 'homecroft' movement of land reclamation and home building, Theodore Roosevelt's campaign for conservation and country life, and Edward Alsworth Ross's sociological theory of race suicide and social control
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-228) and index
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Subject Eugenics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Families -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Family policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Family size -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Nostalgia -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Eugenics -- history.
History, 20th Century.
Social Change -- history.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006033616
ISBN 0807868108 (electronic bk.)
1469604728 (electronic bk.)
9780807868102 (electronic bk.)
9781469604725 (electronic bk.)