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Subject/Keyword
California
Eugenics
Alberta
Sterilization
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Barr, Allison Marilyn
Supervisor and department
Smith, Susan (History)
Examining committee member and department
Devereux, Cecily (English)
Piper, Liza (History)
Smith, Susan (History)
Sweeney, Dennis (History)
Department
Department of History and Classics
Specialization
History
Date accepted
2012-03-30T11:09:11Z
Graduation date
2012-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study examines sterilization surgery in Alberta and California throughout the 20th century. There has been no comparative study of these two places, which were both actively involved in the eugenics movement. During the 44 years that the Alberta Sterilization Act was in place, over 2800 men, women and even children were surgically sterilized. In the United States, California performed over 20 000 sterilizations, or 1/3 of all sterilizations completed in the United States. Three large questions are examined: why did the two sterilization programs begin; why did they continue after World War Two; and who were the eugenicists behind the two programs?
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3VK8H
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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