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By Sharon M. Leon

During the 1st 1/2 the 20th century, supporters of the eugenics circulate provided a picture of a racially reworked the US via curbing the copy of “unfit” participants of society. via institutionalization, obligatory sterilization, the limit of immigration and marriages, and different tools, eugenicists promised to enhance the population—a coverage schedule that used to be embraced by way of many major intellectuals and public figures. yet Catholic activists and thinkers around the usa adversarial lots of those measures, announcing that “every guy, even a lunatic, is a picture of God, no longer an insignificant animal."

In An snapshot of God, Sharon Leon examines the efforts of yankee Catholics to thwart eugenic guidelines, illuminating the ways that Catholic concept remodeled the general public dialog approximately person rights, the position of the nation, and the intersections of race, neighborhood, and relations. via an exam of the wider questions raised during this debate, Leon casts new mild on significant matters that stay principal in American political existence this present day: the establishment of marriage, the position of presidency, and the separation of church and kingdom. this can be crucial analyzing within the historical past of faith, technological know-how, politics, and human rights.

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