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The Resource The unfit heiress : the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt, Audrey Clare Farley

The unfit heiress : the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt, Audrey Clare Farley

Label
The unfit heiress : the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt
Title
The unfit heiress
Title remainder
the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt
Statement of responsibility
Audrey Clare Farley
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"At the turn of the twentieth century, American women began to reject Victorian propriety in favor of passion and livelihood outside the home. This alarmed authorities, who feared certain "over-sexed" women could destroy civilization if allowed to reproduce and pass on their defects. Set against this backdrop, THE UNFIT HEIRESS chronicles the fight for inheritance, both genetic and monetary, between Ann Cooper Hewitt and her mother Maryon. In 1934, aided by a California eugenics law, the socialite Maryon Cooper Hewitt had her "promiscuous" daughter declared feebleminded and sterilized without her knowledge. She did this to deprive Ann of millions of dollars from her father's estate, which contained a child-bearing stipulation. When a sensational court case ensued, the American public was captivated. So were eugenicists, who saw an opportunity to restrict reproductive rights in America for decades to come. This riveting story unfolds through the brilliant research of Audrey Clare Farley, who captures the interior lives of these women on the pages and poses questions that remain relevant today: What does it mean to be "unfit" for motherhood? In the battle for reproductive rights, can we forgive the women who side against us? And can we forgive our mothers if they are the ones who inflict the deepest wounds?"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Farley, Audrey Clare
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
CT275.H5888
LC item number
F37 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hewitt, Ann Cooper
  • Hewitt, Ann Cooper
  • Heiresses
  • Socialites
  • Involuntary sterilization
  • Reproductive rights
Label
The unfit heiress : the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt, Audrey Clare Farley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1184233503
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 292 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9781538753354
Lccn
2020053583
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1184233503
Label
The unfit heiress : the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt, Audrey Clare Farley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1184233503
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 292 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9781538753354
Lccn
2020053583
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1184233503

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