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Title An image of God : the Catholic struggle with eugenics / Sharon M. Leon.
Imprint Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.


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Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Catholic Church -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Catholic Church.
Sterilization (Birth control) -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Eugenics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Eugenics -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Religion and science -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States.
Genre History.
Contents An image of God, not a mere animal: an introduction -- For the welfare of the race: the early clash over reproduction and community -- Cooperative clergy?: Catholics in the American Eugenics Society -- Practical means: Catholic strategies for protesting sterilization statutes -- Supreme authorities: Catholicism and eugenics beyond the borders -- The greatest obstacle: the growth of a confident opposition -- A great, popular, noncontroversial, and effective movement: struggling with the "New Eugenics."
Summary During the first half of the twentieth century, supporters of the eugenics movement offered an image of a racially transformed America by curtailing the reproduction of "unfit" members of society. Through institutionalization, compulsory sterilization, the restriction of immigration and marriages, and other methods, eugenicists promised to improve the population-a policy agenda that was embraced by many leading intellectuals and public figures. But Catholic activists and thinkers across the United States opposed many of these measures, asserting that "every man, even a lunatic, is.
Other Title Print version: Leon, Sharon Mara. Image of God. Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013 9780226038988