“Arm in Arm: Gender, Eugenics, and Virginia’s Racial Integrity Acts of the 1920s”

“A small group of lobbyists who supported, along with eugenics, traditional principles of family and government, promoted Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924 as part of a wave of legislation that sought to control marginalized populations”

Lisa Lindquist Dorr writes about the eugenics movement in the 1920s.  The government has long since been controlling the family life of everyone, and now that white woman have been taking a stand (although they are still very much regulated but minorities are much more controlled) the government went as far as eugenics to prevent the non white women from reproducing and furthering the racial differences.  While white woman at this time are being encouraged to have babies the minority groups are literally having their ability to do that stolen away from them.

Lisa Lindquist Dorr, “Arm in Arm: Gender, Eugenics, and Virginia’s Racial Integrity Acts of the 1920s” Journal of Women’s History 11 (1999): 143-166.

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5 thoughts on ““Arm in Arm: Gender, Eugenics, and Virginia’s Racial Integrity Acts of the 1920s”

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  2. “The government has long since been controlling the family life of everyone”

    I think this needs to be clarified. Controlled how? How does the history of the specific *kinds* of control that you’re referencing here help us understand the governments role in promoting eugenics?

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  3. I think you should briefly define the eugenics movement in a sentence or two just in case anyone doesn’t know what it is. Also, in this sentence, “While white woman at this time are being encouraged to have babies the minority groups are literally having their ability to do that stolen away from them.” I think you should also explain (in another sentence) how the minority groups are getting their ability to have children taken from them. What is being done to them?

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  4. Was the idea of using eugenics specific to only African Americans? Did they also consider using this technique on criminals, and the mentally ill? This would be another example of intersectionality amongst people of different backgrounds.

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