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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
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2006, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2007, 416 pages

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The history of eugenics in the USA - 'Eye-opening . . . Disturbing . . . Highly readable.' - Hardcover

From the book jacket: In Better for All the World, Harry Bruinius charts the little-known history of eugenics in America—a movement that began in the early twentieth century and resulted in the forced sterilization of more than 65,000 Americans right up into the 1970s.

Comment: In 1927 the Supreme Court upheld Virginia's right to forcibly sterilize "feeble-minded individuals" in Buck v. Bell. Speaking for the majority, Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes made the following statement: "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly...

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