The Gene Police

The Gene Police

Book - 2018
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Eugenics promoted the belief that a race could be improved by controlling who was allowed to mate with whom. It was eugenics that compelled white doctors to attempt to murder Baby John. It was compassion that led to his kidnapping. And it is the cruelest of circumstances--the murder of Jennifer Rice--that fifty years later leads Shep Harrington to search for Baby John. As Shep soon learns, the quest brings him to the top of a slippery slope with an ill-defined edge. Question begets question, and the slide down the slope proves inevitable: What happened to the baby? Who took it? Why was he taken? And who killed Jennifer Rice? When Shep learns that Baby John was born at a hospital run by Alton Nichols, a famous Virginia eugenicist, he is drawn into the dark history of the American eugenics movement and its proponents--the so-called "gene police."
Publisher: Baltimore, MD :, Bancroft Press ,, c2018.
ISBN: 9781610882170
1610882172
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary: Eugenics promoted the belief that a race could be improved by controlling who was allowed to mate with whom. It was eugenics that compelled white doctors to attempt to murder Baby John. It was compassion that led to his kidnapping. And it is the cruelest of circumstances--the murder of Jennifer Rice--that fifty years later leads Shep Harrington to search for Baby John. As Shep soon learns, the quest brings him to the top of a slippery slope with an ill-defined edge. Question begets question, and the slide down the slope proves inevitable: What happened to the baby? Who took it? Why was he taken? And who killed Jennifer Rice? When Shep learns that Baby John was born at a hospital run by Alton Nichols, a famous Virginia eugenicist, he is drawn into the dark history of the American eugenics movement and its proponents--the so-called "gene police."

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