1) Nielsen, A Disability History of the United States, pp. 100-102 (first section of chapter 6), 110-124 (section in ch. 6 entitled “Institutions and the Reproduction of the American Ideal)” [for background]
2) Martin Pernick, “Defining the Defective: Eugenics, Aesthetics, and Mass Culture in Early-Twentieth-Century America,” in The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability, ed. David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder (University of Michigan Press, 1997), pp. 89-110 (Blackboard)
3) R. D. K. Hermann, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Leprosy, Race, and Colonization in Hawai’I,” Journal of Historical Geography 27, no. 3 (July 2001): 319-337 (Blackboard)
Choose one of these questions to answer:
1) Drawing on at least two of the readings for today, discuss whether the eugenics movement is over. Are the ideas discussed in these readings still around today? Why or why not?
2) Alternatively, you can summarize in several sentences (or possibly a short paragraph each) your “muddiest point(s)” in at least two readings.