By Angus McLaren
Was Canada proof against the racist currents of suggestion that swept primary Europe within the 1920's and 1930's? during this landmark booklet Angus McLaren, co-author of The bed room and the State, examines the pervasiveness in Canada of the eugenic proposal of "race betterment" and demonstrates that many Canadians believed that radical measures have been justified to guard the group from the "degenerate." The sterilization of the feeble-minded in Alberta and British Columbia used to be in simple terms the main dramatic try and restrict the numbers of the "unfit." yet within the a long time ahead of global struggle , eugenic preoccupations have been to color discussions of immigration restrict, contraception, psychological trying out, kin allowances, and a number of comparable social policies.
Doctors, psychiatrists, geneticists, social staff, and psychological hygienists supplied an fearful Canadian heart category with the reassuring argument that poverty, crime, prostitution, and psychological retardation have been essentially the goods of faulty genes, no longer a faulty social approach. In explaining why organic ideas have been searched for social difficulties McLaren not just presents a provocative reappraisal of the tips and actions of a new release of feminists, political progressives, and public healthiness propagandists yet he additionally explores a number of the roots of our not-so-latent racist tendencies.
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Our Own Master Race: Eugenics in Canada, 1885-1945 (Canadian Social History Series) by Angus McLaren