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Author Catte, Elizabeth, author.

Title Pure America : eugenics and the making of Modern Virginia / Elizabeth Catte.

Publication Info. Cleveland, Ohio : Belt Publishing, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  363.9755 CAT    DUE 11-22-21 Billed
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 199 pages ; 20 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "Between 1927 and 1979, more than 8,000 people were involuntarily sterilized in five hospitals across the state of Virginia. From this plain and terrible fact springs Elizabeth Catte's Pure America, a sweeping, unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. Virginia's twentieth-century eugenics program was not the misguided initiative of well-meaning men of the day, writes Catte, with clarity and ferocity. It was a manifestation of white supremacy. It was a form of employment insurance. It was a means of controlling "troublesome" women and a philosophy that helped remove poor people from valuable land. It was cruel and it was wrong, and yet today sites where it was practiced like Western State Hospital, in Staunton, VA, are rehabilitated as luxury housing, their histories hushed up in the service of capital."--Dust jacket flap.
Contents A note on language and content -- Introduction -- Mothers and daughters -- Mongrel Virginians -- Healing landscapes -- The patient is good for work, and work is good for the patient.
Subject Eugenics -- Virginia -- History -- 20th century.
Involuntary sterilization -- Virginia -- History -- 20th century.
Race relations -- 20th century.
White supremacy movements -- Virginia -- 20th century.
ISBN 9781948742733 (hbk.)
194874273X (hbk.)

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