Reassessing the 1960s
This chapter provides a brief overview of the criticisms leveled at eugenics from the early decades of the twentieth century to midcentury. Not only were some racial groups fighting stereotypes that had long been buttressed by doctrines of biological inferiority and superiority, but a heterogenous group of activists were assailing eugenic landmarks. Moreover, starting in the mid-1960s and culminating in the early 1970s, civil rights and feminist organizations denounced the federally funded involuntary sterilizations of poor and minority women. In Los Angeles in 1975, ten Chicanas filed suit against the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Hospital for tubal ligations performed on them without their consent.
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