Eugenics in US History

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The eugenics movement is associated with one of the darkest chapters in the history of racism in America, but for much of the 20th century, eugenicist thinking was a mainstream current within American society. In this podcast, we sit down with Sarah Milov to discuss the history of eugenics, how she teaches it, and the role it plays in the history of Virginia.

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Contributor Bios

Sarah Milov is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses on modern US history. Her first book, The Cigarette: A Political History, will be published by Harvard University Press in the fall of 2019.
Chris Gratien is Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia, where he teaches classes on global environmental history and the Middle East. He is currently preparing a monograph about the environmental history of the Cilicia region of the former Ottoman Empire from the 1850s until the 1950s.


Release Date: 21 May 2019
Recording Location: University of Virginia
Audio editing by Chris Gratien
Music: Zé Trigueiros
Bibliography courtesy of Sarah Milov

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Daniel Kevles, In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity

Alexandra Minna Stern, Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America

Sharon Leon, An Image of God: the Catholic Struggle with Eugenics

Paul Lombardo, Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell

James Whitman, "Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law,"
A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era, ed. Paul Lombardo


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