During the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century, supporters of the eugenics flow provided a picture of a racially remodeled the US by means of curbing the replica of “unfit” individuals of society. via institutionalization, obligatory sterilization, the limit of immigration and marriages, and different equipment, eugenicists promised to enhance the population—a coverage schedule that was once embraced by means of many top intellectuals and public figures. yet Catholic activists and thinkers around the usa adverse a lot of those measures, announcing that “every guy, even a lunatic, is a picture of God, now not a trifling animal."

In An photo of God, Sharon Leon examines the efforts of American Catholics to thwart eugenic guidelines, illuminating the methods in which Catholic notion reworked the general public dialog approximately person rights, the function of the country, and the intersections of race, neighborhood, and relatives. via an exam of the wider questions raised during this debate, Leon casts new gentle on significant concerns that stay imperative in American political existence this day: the establishment of marriage, the function of presidency, and the separation of church and nation. this is often crucial analyzing within the historical past of faith, technology, politics, and human rights.

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