Full Reading List on Eugenics History and Modern Effects

Purpose and Overview

This list is a tool for learning about the eugenics movement’s history and modern effects. I want more people to know this information. I want to aid in the ability to recognize and reject modern eugenics. The history is also something that should be more widely taught.

Print means I found them in books or do not know if they are online and available for download. I have marked academic articles as such. Some of these may not be 100% accurate. I am working on providing a publication date for each source.

My area of knowledge is mostly on the United States and a few other areas. It is hard to confirm the news sources, or the academic premise, for some articles. For this reason, some sections have fewer links/sources. If anyone finds these articles cannot be verified, please let me know. A source appearing here does not mean I agree or endorse everything in that source.

Last updated August 28, 2018: Added news article on North Dakota, a section for Japanese eugenics, some articles on the sterilization of incarcerated women, and a few other links and titles here and there.

Sections 

  • Primers
  • Secondary American Eugenics Sources – Print
  • Secondary American Eugenics Sources – Non-Print
  • Primary American Eugenics Sources – Non-Print
  • American Eugenics: 1927 Buck v. Bell U.S. Supreme Court decision (all sources)
  • Eugenics in Nazi Germany (all sources)
  • Czech Eugenics (all sources)
  • Canadian Eugenics (all sources)
  • Australian Eugenics (all sources)
  • New Zealand Eugenics (all sources)
  • Russian Eugenics (all sources)
  • Mexican Eugenics (all sources)
  • Irish Eugenics (all sources)
  • Swedish Eugenics (all sources)
  • Japanese Eugenics (all sources)
  • Hungarian Eugenics (all sources)
  • Modern Effects of Eugenics: Beyond Genomics and Genetics
  • Modern Effects of Eugenics: Genomics and Genetics
  • Other Bibliographies and Reading Lists


Primers 

Secondary American Eugenics – Academic Print Sources

  • Better for All the World – Harry Bruinius
  • Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
  • Eugenic Nation – Alexandra Minna Stern
  • In the Name of Eugenics – Daniel J. Kevles
  • War Against the Weak – Edwin Black
  • Inheriting Shame: The Story of Eugenics and Racism in America –Steven Selden
  • A Disability History of the United States, chapter “Three Generations of Imbeciles are Enough” – Kim E. Nielsen
  • A Century of Eugenics: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era – edited by Paul A. Lombardo
  • “A Heritage of Ableist Rhetoric in American Feminism from the Eugenics Period,” in Feminist Disability Studies, essay by Sharon Lamp and W. Carol Cleigh
  • Sterilized by the State: Eugenics, Race, and the Population Scare in TwentiethCentury North America by Randall Hansen & Desmond King
  • Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity by Theodore M. Porter

Secondary American Eugenics Sources – Non-Print Sources

General-ish 

Alabama

California

Colorado

Connecticut 

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Maine 

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

New Hampshire

New Jersey

North Carolina

North Dakota

Vermont

Virginia

Wisconsin

Primary American Eugenics Sources – Non-Print

American Eugenics: Carrie E. Buck, and the 1927 Buck v. Bell U.S. Supreme Court decision (all sources)

Eugenics in Nazi Germany

UK

Czech Eugenics

Canadian Eugenics (all sources)

Australian Eugenics (all sources)

New Zealand Eugenics (all sources)

Russian Eugenics (all sources)

Mexican Eugenics (all sources)

Irish Eugenics (all sources)

Swedish Eugenics

Japanese Eugenics

Hungarian Eugenics

  • Eugenics and Nation in Early 20th Century Hungary by M. Turda (book)

Modern Effects of Eugenics: Beyond Genomics and Genetics

Modern Effects of Eugenics: Genomics and Genetics

Other Bibliographies and Reading Lists

3 thoughts on “Full Reading List on Eugenics History and Modern Effects

  1. Pingback: Eugenics | Mamautistic

  2. Pingback: U.S. Universities Must Stop Honoring Racist Scientists of the Past #newsaturhome - News at Ur Home

  3. Pingback: U.S. Universities Must Stop Honoring Racist Scientists of the Past – Union of Concerned Scientists – Creator Ghost

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s