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Author Baynton, Douglas C.,
Title Defectives in the land : disability and immigration in the age of eugenics / Douglas C. Baynton.
Imprint Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2016]

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Subject Immigrants -- Medical examinations -- United States.
Eugenics -- United States -- History.
People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource (177 pages)
Access Available to OhioLINK libraries
Summary "Immigration history has largely focused on the restriction of immigrants by race and ethnicity, overlooking disability as a crucial factor in the crafting of the image of the "undesirable immigrant." Defectives in the Land, Douglas C. Baynton's groundbreaking new look at immigration and disability, aims to change this. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Baynton explains, immigration restriction in the United States was primarily intended to keep people with disabilitiesknown as "defectives"out of the country. The list of those included is long: the deaf, blind, epileptic, and mobility impaired; people with curved spines, hernias, flat or club feet, missing limbs, and short limbs; those unusually short or tall; people with intellectual or psychiatric disabilities; intersexuals; men of "poor physique" and men diagnosed with "feminism." Not only were disabled individuals excluded, but particular races and nationalities were also identified as undesirable based on their supposed susceptibility to mental, moral, and physical defects. In this transformative book, Baynton argues that early immigration laws were a cohesive wholea decades-long effort to find an effective method of excluding people considered to be defective. This effort was one aspect of a national culture that was increasingly fixated on competition and efficiency, anxious about physical appearance and difference, and haunted by a fear of hereditary defect and the degeneration of the American race."-- Publisher's description
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Defective -- Handicapped -- Dependent -- Ugly
Note Description based on print version record
ISBN 9780226364339 (electronic bk.)
022636433X (electronic bk.)
9780226364162 (cloth : alk. paper)
022636416X (cloth : alk. paper)
OCLC # 954735105
Additional Format Print version: Baynton, Douglas C. Defectives in the land. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2016] 9780226364162 (DLC) 2015036867 (OCoLC)920017462.