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

By Sharon M. Leon

During the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century, supporters of the eugenics move 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 through many major intellectuals and public figures. yet Catholic activists and thinkers around the usa antagonistic lots of those measures, announcing that “every guy, even a lunatic, is a picture of God, now not an insignificant animal."

In An picture of God, Sharon Leon examines the efforts of yankee Catholics to thwart eugenic regulations, illuminating the ways that Catholic inspiration reworked the general public dialog approximately person rights, the position of the kingdom, and the intersections of race, group, and relatives. via an exam of the wider questions raised during this debate, Leon casts new mild on significant matters that stay significant in American political existence this day: the establishment of marriage, the function of presidency, and the separation of church and kingdom. this can be crucial interpreting within the heritage of faith, technological know-how, politics, and human rights.

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