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Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement

Christine Rosen


Preaching Eugenics tells the story of a heretofore-unexamined group of eugenics enthusiasts in the early half of the 20th century: American religious leaders. It describes how Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish leaders adapted to, rejected, and, in many cases, enthusiastically embraced eugenics-a movement emblematic of modern science and progressive thought in the early 20th century. Facing new challenges from scientists and intellectuals, adapting to the dramatic social changes wrought by immigration and urbanization, and often internally riven by doctrinal controversies among mode ... More

Keywords: Christine Rosen, eugenics, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, religion and science, sterilization, birth control, social reform, marriage regulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/019515679X.001.0001


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Christine Rosen, author
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