Oswald, Frances. “Eugenical Sterilization in the United States”. American Journal of Sociology, vol. 36, no. 1, 1930, pp.65-73. JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2767224. Accessed 29 March 2017.
This article is great research for my specific topic because it was written in 1930. It provides evidence of the actual time period and what doctors, psychologists and legislators were thinking about American health standards at the time this was written. The article explains how the process of eugenical sterilization was taken into a lot of consideration from many physicians and legislators. Another great aspect of this article is it discusses the types of “permanent sterility” that some of thee unfit population would have to go through. There were two different procedures such as: vasectomy for males and a salpingectomy for females. The Buck v Bell case is also another court case that allowed for the sterilization law to be constitutional in Virginia. As Justice Holmes says, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough” (68). One of the factors that makes this article different than other articles is that it discusses the three main obstacles that were in the path of eugenical sterilization. The three obstacles included: the intricacies of the law, the antagonism of the church, and the conservatism of American public opinion (68). The Catholic church was very against the practices of eugenical sterilization. Sadly, a lot of people did believe that sterilization was the best process to keep imbeciles, the insane, and many other people to stop from breeding. One last thing that I thought that made this article different from other was that it discusses how sterilization was a type of “freedom” for some people. Oswald says, “Patients have no fear of the operation; they regard it as a step toward normalcy and freedom” (72). Overall, this article gave me some new insights on eugenical sterilization.