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Eugenic NationFaults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America$
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Alexandra Minna Stern

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285064

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285064.001.0001

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Contesting Hereditarianism

Contesting Hereditarianism

Reassessing the 1960s

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(p.205) Chapter 7 Contesting Hereditarianism
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Eugenic Nation
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Alexandra Minna Stern

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285064.003.0008

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.

Keywords:   eugenics, biological inferiority, biological superiority, eugenic landmarks, feminist organizations, involuntary sterilizations

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