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Framing the moron: The social construction of feeble-mindedness in the American eugenic era

Gerald V. O'Brien


Many people are shocked upon discovering that tens of thousands of innocent persons in the United States were involuntarily sterilized, forced into institutions, and otherwise maltreated within the course of the eugenic movement (1900-30). Such social control efforts are easier to understand when we consider the variety of dehumanizing and fear-inducing rhetoric propagandists invoke to frame their potential victims. This book details the major rhetorical themes employed within the context of eugenic propaganda, drawing largely on original sources of the period. Early in the twentieth century t ... More

Keywords: Eugenics, American Eugenic Movement, Feeble-Mindedness, Metaphor Analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087097
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald V. O'Brien, author