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Eugenic Nation : Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (Paperback) (Alexandra Minna
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First edition, Winner of the Arthur Viseltear Award, American Public Health AssociationWith an emphasis on the American West, Eugenic Nation explores the long and unsettled history of eugenics in the United States. This expanded second edition includes shocking details that demonstrate that the story is far from over. Alexandra Minna Stern explores the unauthorized sterilization of female inmates in California state prisons and ongoing reparations for North Carolina victims of sterilization, as well as the topics of race-based intelligence tests, school segregation, the U.S. Border Patrol, tropical medicine, the environmental movement, and opposition to better breeding.Radically new and relevant, this edition draws from recently uncovered historical records to demonstrate patterns of racial bias in California’s sterilization program and to recover personal experiences of reproductive injustice. Stern connects the eugenic past to the genomic present with attention to the ethical and social implications of emerging genetic technologies.