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An Image of GodThe Catholic Struggle with Eugenics$
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Sharon M. Leon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226038988

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226039039.001.0001

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An Image Of God, Not A Mere Animal: An Introduction

An Image Of God, Not A Mere Animal: An Introduction

(p.1) An Image Of God, Not A Mere Animal: An Introduction
An Image of God

Sharon M. Leon

University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter discusses growth of the eugenics movement in the half-century before World War II and its opposition led by American Catholics. It explains the rationale behind the eugenics movement's plan of social control. It describes the responses of Catholic thinkers, writers, and activists to eugenics ideas and policies, which offer a revealing look at both the evolution of Catholicism and of American society at large.

Keywords:   eugenics movement, American Catholics, social control, Catholicism, American society

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