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Facing Eugenics

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Acknowledgments Table of Contents List of Images Introduction Chapter 1: Vagrancy, Violence and Virtue: Nora Powers Chapter 2: Race, Consent and Protection: George Pierre Chapter 3: Sterilization Redefined: Violet and Irene Chapter 4: Vasectomy, Masculinity and Hyperactivity: Ken Nelson Chapter 5: From Sterilization to Patient Activism: Doreen Ella Befus Chapter 6: Appendectomy to Queen's Court Settlement: Leilani Muir Chapter 7: Abortion, Sterilization and the Eugenics Legacy: Jane Doe Chapter 8: Conclusion Bibliography

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"Facing Eugenics is rich, complex, and nuanced, yet leaves us with a complete and useful portrait of eugenics in the twentieth century - not an easy feat. One of the strategies that Erika Dyck employs to do this so effectively is her use of case studies, each of which is fascinating and helps to illustrate a piece of the puzzle. Compelling, well-researched, and extremely well-written, this study reshapes the parameters of the eugenics debate." -- Wendy Kline, Department of History, University of Cincinnati "With Facing Eugenics, Dyck demonstrates a mastery of the vast literature on the history of eugenics, sterilization, and reproductive rights. Her book not only follows the most recent trends in the field, but moves it forward in important ways." -- Rebecca Kluchin, Department of History, California State University, Sacramento

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Erika Dyck is Canada Research Chair in History of Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.


'I would suggest that this complicated history, one that is both sweepingly macro and intimately micro, is not only worth reading but also our responsibility to remember.' -- Jen Rinaldi Canadian Journal of Disability Studies vol 3:03:2014 'This is a terrific book which deserves a wide audience well beyond Canada.' -- Philippa Levine Histoire sociale / Social History, vol 47:95:2014 'Facing Eugenics is a wonderful book. Written in clear and accessible prose, it provides a sophisticated and nuanced account of history of eugenics and reproductive rights in Canada. It deserves wide readership in the classroom and beyond.' -- Molly Todd-Taylor Canadian Historical Review vol 96:01:2015 'Facing Eugenics is a well-researched account of the complex social history surrounding the development of eugenics and reproductive issues.' -- Garland E. Ellen Isis vol 106:02:2015 'Dyck situates the fascinating and important story of eugenics and sterilization in Alberta on the historiographical map with exceptional intelligence and compassion.' -- Alexandra Minna Stern Bulletin of the History of Medicine vol89:03:2015

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