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Better for All the World

The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity

by Harry Bruinius

Better for All the World by Harry Bruinius
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    Feb 2006, 416 pages
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Interesting Links

  • The Eugenics Archive - it may take you a few minutes to work out how best to navigate this site but once you do the 2,500 images stored make for interesting browsing.
  • The histories of eugenics and compulsory sterilization at Wikipedia - listed as two separate topics but, obviously, much related.
  • An interview with Harry Bruinius at BookBrowse in which he argues that the forces that led to eugenics are little different to those that drive the genetics movement today.
  • Information and links relating to human genetic engineering at allaboutpopularissues.org.
  • The Project Prevention website, founded by Barbara Harris, a foster mother, in 1997; the Project gives cash incentives to drug-addicted mothers to use long-term or permanent birth control.
    A recent article about Project Prevention, and an older (1998) article from Salon magazine, written shortly after the Project was founded. At that time the project had permanently sterilized 13 women (others had chosen temporary methods). Prior to this these 13 women had given birth to 78 children; 6 still born, 2 died after birth, and 64 were in foster care.

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