*6/20/91; rev. 6/25/95; 10/97.


United States


(1) General

Field, James A., "The Progress of Eugenics," Quarterly Journal of Economics 26 (1911), 62.

Field, James Alfred, 1880-1927, Essays on population, and other papers, by James Alfred Field, together with material from his notes and lectures, compiled and edited by Helen Fisher Hohman, with a foreword by James Bonar, LL.D (Chicago, Ill., The University of Chicago Press [1931]) [McCabe HB871 .F45]

Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931, War's aftermath; a preliminary study of the eugenics of war as illustrated by the civil war of the United States and the late wars in the Balkans (Boston and New York : Houghton Mifflin company, 1914) [McCabe HQ752 .J8]

McDougall, William, 1871-1938., Is America safe for democracy?: Six lectures given at the Lowell Institute of Boston, under the title "Anthropology and history, or The influence of anthropologic constitution on the destinies of nations," (New York : C. Scribner's Sons, 1921) [S McCabe CB195 .M2]

Nearing, Scott, 1883- The super race : an American problem (New York : B.W. Huebsch, 1912 )[ B Canaday HQ755 .N4

White trash: the eugenic family studies, 1877-1919 / edited andwith an introduction by Nicole Hahn Rafter(Boston : Northeastern University Press, c1988.) [S McCabe HQ755.5.U5 W52 1988]


(2) Sterilization

Laughlin, Harry Hamilton, 1880-1943. Eugenical sterilization in the United States ( [Chicago] : Psychopathic Laboratory of the Municipal Court of

Chicago, 1922) [ H Magill HV4989 .L3



Bannister, Robert C. Social Darwinism:Science and Myth (1979), ch. 8.

Barkan, Elazar, Retreat of scientific racism : changing concepts of race in Britain and the United States between the world wars (Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992) McCabe GN269 .B368 1992

Barker, David, "The biology of stupidity: genetics, eugenics and mentaldeficiency in the inter-war years, " The British Journal for the History of Science , 22 (Sept. '89) p. 347-75

Degler, Carl N., In search of human nature : the decline and revival of Darwinism in American social thought (New York : Oxford University Press, 1991) [McCabe Honors Hist 136: Amer Intellect Hist

Haller, Mark Haller, Mark H., Eugenics; hereditarian attitudes in American thought.(New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press [1963] [S McCabe HQ753 .H35 c.2 ]

Halliday, Richard J., "Social Darwinism," Victorian Studies 14 (1971), 389-405[argues that eugenics and related programs were the only true "social Darwinism"]

Kuhl, Stefan, The Nazi connection : eugenics, American racism, and German national socialism (New York : Oxford University Press, 1994) [McCabe HQ755.5.U5 K84 1994 ]

Ludmerer, Kenneth, Genetics and American Society (1972) [S Cornell HQ752 .L77 c.2

Pickens, Donald K. Eugenics and the Progressives (1968 [Sw. no]

Reilly, Philip, 1947-, The surgical solution : a history of involuntary sterilization in the United States (Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1991) [S McCabe HQ755.5.U5 R45 1991)

Smith, J. David, 1944-, The eugenic assault on America : scenes in red, white, and black (Fairfax, Va. : George Mason University Press ; Lanham, MD : Distributed by arrangement with University Publishing Associates, c1993) [1 > B Canaday E184.A1 S655 1993]

Tucker, William H., 1940-, The science and politics of racial research (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1994)B Canaday HQ755.5.U5 T83 1994 [copy ORDERED for S McCabe on 06-21-95

Vecoli, Rudolph, "Sterilization: A Progressive Measure?" Wisconsin Mag. of History 43 (1960). See RCB for xerox.

Great Britain

Barker, David, "The biology of stupidity: genetics, eugenics and mental deficiency in the inter-war years," The British Journal for the History of Science 22 (Sept) p. 347-75

Harwood, Jonathan, "The Race-Intelligence Controversy," Social Studies of Science 7 (1977)

MacKenzie, D., "Karl Pearson and the Professional Middle Class," Annals of Science 36 (1979), 125-47.

MacKenzie, D., "Eugenics in Britain," Social Studies of Science 6 (1976), 499-532

MacKenzie, D., "Statistical Theory and Social Interests," Social Studies of Science 8 (1978), 35-84

Norton, Bernard "Karl Pearson and Statistics," Social Studies of Science 8 (1978), 3-34

Searl, G. R. "Eugenics and Politics in Britain in the 1930s," Annals of Science 36 (1979), 159-69

N.B. The British titles are not directly relevant, but may give an idea of some questions to ask concerning the social bases of eugenics in the U.S., particularly the articles by MacKenzie. Bannister, Social Darwinism, although concerned with eugenics only insofar as it relates to "social Darwinism," contains footnote references to a number of primary sources that may be useful in a broader context.




Written by Robert Bannister, Swarthmore College (emeritus). Please send suggestions/corrections to