An Image of God: The Catholic Struggle with Eugenics by Sharon M. Leon

By Sharon M. Leon

During the 1st half the 20th century, supporters of the eugenics circulate provided a picture of a racially remodeled the United States by means of curbing the replica of “unfit” contributors of society. via institutionalization, obligatory sterilization, the limit of immigration and marriages, and different tools, eugenicists promised to enhance the population—a coverage schedule that was once embraced via many prime intellectuals and public figures. yet Catholic activists and thinkers around the usa adversarial lots of those measures, saying that “every guy, even a lunatic, is a picture of God, no longer a trifling animal."

In An photograph of God, Sharon Leon examines the efforts of yank Catholics to thwart eugenic rules, illuminating the ways that Catholic inspiration remodeled the general public dialog approximately person rights, the function of the country, and the intersections of race, group, and relatives. via an exam of the wider questions raised during this debate, Leon casts new gentle on significant matters that stay critical in American political lifestyles this present day: the establishment of marriage, the function of presidency, and the separation of church and kingdom. this is often crucial studying within the historical past of faith, technology, politics, and human rights.

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