By Gregory Michael Dorr
Blending social, highbrow, felony, scientific, gender, and cultural background, Segregation's technological know-how: Eugenics and Society in Virginia examines how eugenic thought and perform reinforced Virginia's numerous cultures of segregation--rich from negative, ailing from good, capable from disabled, male from woman, and black from white and local American. Famously articulated via Thomas Jefferson, rules approximately organic inequalities between teams advanced through the 19th century. via the early 20th century, proponents of eugenics--the "science" of racial improvement--melded evolutionary biology and incipient genetics with long-standing cultural racism. The ensuing theories, taught to generations of Virginia highschool, collage, and scientific scholars, grew to become social coverage as Virginia legislators handed eugenic marriage and sterilization statutes. The enforcement of those legislation victimized women and men classified "feebleminded," African american citizens, and local american citizens for over 40 years.
However, this can be even more than the tale of majority brokers dominating minority matters. even supposing white elites have been the 1st to champion eugenics, via the 1910s African American Virginians have been advancing their very own hereditarian rules, growing an efficient counter-narrative to white clinical racism. eventually, segregation's technological know-how contained the seeds of organic determinism's undoing, discovered during the civil, women's, local American, and welfare rights hobbies. Of curiosity to historians, educators, biologists, physicians, and social staff, this examine reminds readers that technological know-how is socially developed; the syllogism "Science is target; goal issues are ethical; as a result technology is ethical" continues to be as in all likelihood harmful and deceptive this present day because it was once within the past.
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