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Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom

 
 
 
 
Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom
Author: Wendy Kline
ISBN 13: 9780520246744
ISBN 10: 520246748
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2005-11-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 233
List Price: $30.95
 
 

"Building a Better Race powerfully demonstrates the centrality of eugenics during the first half of the twentieth century. Kline persuasively uncovers eugenics' unexpected centrality to modern assumptions about marriage, the family, and morality, even as late as the 1950s. The book is full of surprising connections and stories, and provides crucial new perspectives illuminating the history of eugenics, gender and normative twentieth-century sexuality."—Gail Bederman, author of Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the US, 1880-1917

"A strikingly fresh approach to eugenics.... Kline's work places eugenicists squarely at the center of modern reevaluations of females sexuality, sexual morality in general, changing gender roles, and modernizing family ideology. She insists that eugenic ideas had more power and were less marginal in public discourse than other historians have indicated."—Regina Morantz-Sanchez, author of Conduct Unbecoming a Woman: Medicine on Trial in Turn-of-the-Century Brooklyn

LA Times Book Review

Kline has a powerful argument that today's right-wing preoccupation with family morality is rooted in the eugenics movement of the 1920s.