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The Resource Fixing the poor : eugenic sterilization and child welfare in the twentieth century, Molly Ladd-Taylor

Fixing the poor : eugenic sterilization and child welfare in the twentieth century, Molly Ladd-Taylor

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Fixing the poor : eugenic sterilization and child welfare in the twentieth century
Title
Fixing the poor
Title remainder
eugenic sterilization and child welfare in the twentieth century
Statement of responsibility
Molly Ladd-Taylor
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Between 1907 and 1937, thirty-two states legalized the sterilization of more than 63,000 Americans. In Fixing the Poor, Molly Ladd-Taylor tells the story of these state-run eugenic sterilization programs. She focuses on one such program in Minnesota, where surgical sterilization was legally voluntary and administered within a progressive child welfare system. Tracing Minnesota's eugenics program from its conceptual origins in the 1880s to its official end in the 1970s, Ladd-Taylor argues that state sterilization policies reflected a wider variety of worldviews and political agendas than previously understood. She describes how, after 1920, people endorsed sterilization and its alternative, institutionalization, as the best way to aid dependent children without helping the "undeserving" poor. She also sheds new light on how the policy gained acceptance and why coerced sterilizations persisted long after eugenics lost its prestige. In Ladd-Taylor's provocative study, eugenic sterilization appears less like a deliberate effort to improve the gene pool than a complicated but sadly familiar tale of troubled families, fiscal and administrative politics, and deep-felt cultural attitudes about disability, dependency, sexuality, and gender. Drawing on institutional and medical records, court cases, newspapers, and professional journals, Ladd-Taylor reconstructs the tragic stories of the welfare-dependent, sexually delinquent, and disabled people who were labeled feebleminded and targeted for sterilization
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
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Ladd-Taylor, Molly
Dewey number
363.9/7
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HV4989
LC item number
.L24 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2018 B-443
  • HV 4989
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Involuntary sterilization
  • Sterilization (Birth control)
  • Eugenics
  • Mentally ill
  • Poor
Label
Fixing the poor : eugenic sterilization and child welfare in the twentieth century, Molly Ladd-Taylor
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Publication
Copyright
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Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The feebleminded menace and the innocent child -- Two roads to sterilization -- Who was feebleminded? -- The price of freedom -- Sterilization and welfare in depression and war -- From fixing the poor to fixing the system?
Control code
ocn973498932
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 275 pages
Isbn
9781421423722
Lccn
2017007360
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421423722
  • (OCoLC)973498932
Label
Fixing the poor : eugenic sterilization and child welfare in the twentieth century, Molly Ladd-Taylor
Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The feebleminded menace and the innocent child -- Two roads to sterilization -- Who was feebleminded? -- The price of freedom -- Sterilization and welfare in depression and war -- From fixing the poor to fixing the system?
Control code
ocn973498932
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 275 pages
Isbn
9781421423722
Lccn
2017007360
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421423722
  • (OCoLC)973498932

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