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By Sharon M. Leon

Within the first 1/2 the 20 th century, supporters of the eugenics stream provided a picture of a racially remodeled the US by way of curbing the replica of "unfit" contributors of society. via institutionalization, obligatory sterilization, the limit of immigration and marriages, and different equipment, eugenicists promised to enhance the inhabitants - a coverage time table that used to be embraced via many major intellectuals and public figures. yet Catholic activists and thinkers around the usa hostile a lot of those measures, saying that "every guy, even a lunatic, is a picture of God, now not an insignificant animal." In "An photo of God", Sharon M. Leon examines the efforts of yank Catholics to thwart eugenic rules, illuminating the ways that Catholic suggestion reworked the general public dialog approximately person rights, the position of the nation, and the intersections of race, group, and relatives. via an exam of the wider questions raised during this debate, Leon casts new gentle on significant concerns that stay important in American political lifestyles at the present time: the establishment of marriage, the position of presidency, and the separation of church and kingdom. this can be crucial analyzing within the background of faith, technological know-how, politics, and human rights.

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Paul’s teaching that Christians are the “adopted sons of God,” Gerrard argued that they were free to exercise their powers of reason under the guidance of divine grace and the Holy Spirit. ” Gerrard explained that “from the theological virtues . . ”32 Here we see the preeminence of individual reason and decision making in Gerrard’s understanding of the path to improvement for a community. For Gerrard, For the Welfare of the Race / 27 the principles of Christian morality would lead to a moral regeneration of society that would achieve the ill-articulated goals of eugenicists without resorting to invasive measures.

26 As part of the Progressive reform movements of the era, welfare work- For the Welfare of the Race / 25 ers were deeply influenced by an increasingly scientific approach to social problems, one that coincided with the emergence of a set of academic disciplines which sought answers outside of the particularities of history. Practitioners in these new areas of inquiry—political science, economics, sociology—looked for natural laws to guide their analysis and to develop systematic modes of explaining human behavior.

Significantly, Goddard’s formulations suggested that degenerate traits were dominant, and extremely dangerous for the well-being of future generations. In 1916, the Reverend Thomas Verner Moore (1877–1969), a Catholic psychiatrist, used his address to the annual National Conference of Catholic Charities meeting to question Goddard’s methodology in the Kallikak study. Criticizing the assumption by Goddard and his fieldworkers that the mental abilities of their subjects was easily discernible through general observation and questioning, Moore explained to his audience, “It seems to me Dr.

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