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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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For the Welfare of the Race: The Early Clash over Reproduction and Community

For the Welfare of the Race: The Early Clash over Reproduction and Community

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(p.13) One For the Welfare of the Race: The Early Clash over Reproduction and Community
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An Image of God
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Sharon M. Leon

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226039039.003.0002

This chapter considers the early clashes between Catholics and the eugenics movement in the years prior to World War I. The discussions include the impact of a March 1910 article by Father Stephen M. Donovan, published in the American Ecclesiastical Review, which questioned the increasing number of vasectomies ordered by states for institutionalized persons; the establishment of institutions that helped crystallize eugenics as a distinct movement in the United States; Catholic writers' questioning of the larger claims and goals of the eugenics movement; and Catholics' attempt to forge their own version of “positive eugenics”.

Keywords:   vasectomies, institutionalized persons, eugenics, Catholics, Father Stephen M. Donovan, eugenics movement

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