Old texts and “felt necessities”: Proceeding with caution.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
J. David Smith, Professor, Department Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In the following article, J. David Smith looks at the eugenics movement of the early 20th century, a movement that used "scientific" research and evidence to assert that undesirable traits were largely hereditary and to create social policy that would eliminate those traits as a way to protect society. Specifically, Smith reads the movement through the personal tragedy of Carrie Buck, the first person to be eugenically sterilized under the authority of a 1924 Virginia law. In this article, he gives us an example of the dangers of social policies that are guided by biological determinism and links the seduction of human genome research for our generation to that of eugenics research for an earlier one.

Additional Information

Family Futures, 1, 9-11.
Language: English
Date: 1997
Eugenics, Carrie Buck

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