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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co
ISBN10: 0393065294 ISBN13: 9780393065299 DDC: 344.7304/8 LCC: KF224 Edition: (hardcover)


In the 1920s and 1930s, thousands of men and women were sterilized at asylums and prisons across America because it was believed that criminality and mental illness were inherited. This is the disturbing, forgotten history of America's experiment with eugenics.


Includes bibliographical references ( p. 179-228) and index. The justice, the governor, and the dictator -- The brain trust -- Thoroughbreds -- Heat and love -- White trash -- Skinner's trial -- The Supreme Court in 1937 -- Science in a foreign mirror : 1937-1941 -- Deciding Skinner.


  • LCC: KF224
  • Dewey Decimal: 344.7304/8

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: 240 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition Info: (hardcover)


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