Oct. 13, 2022

The History of Eugenics and Sterilizations in California

The History of Eugenics and Sterilizations in California

Eugenics was developed largely by Sir Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, eugenics was increasingly discredited as unscientific and racially biased during the 20th century and it also informed many policies in California.

In California, Mexicans were targeted by eugenic policies, making up the majority of people sterilized in during the 1900s.

Today, Cristina tells Carmen about eugenic history, sterilizations and how the same rhetoric exists today, in stereotypes about "dirty Mexicans" and "hyper breeder" Latina women.

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Stern, A. (2016). Eugenic Nation (2nd ed.). University of California Press.

Music Credit:  Hustlin' (Instrumental) · NEFFEX

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