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Lady Eugenist: Feminist Eugenics in the Speeches and Writings of Victoria Woodhull [Paperback]

Victoria C. Woodhull , Michael W. Perry

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Oct. 3 2005
Francis Galton is said to have founded eugenics with an 1864 magazine article. But a single article does not make a movement and Galton, by his own admission, did little to promote the idea before 1901. This book demonstrates that eugenists have given us an inaccurate history of their movement, assigning credit to Galton, the eminent half-cousin of Charles Darwin, when the real credit belongs to a woman who was perhaps the most radical nineteenth-century American feminist. That woman was Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President and, with her sister, the first woman stockbroker on Wall Street. This book contains all her major speeches and writings on eugenics to demonstrate that she was the first of either sex to take to the road and, in hundreds of speeches across the U.S., champion the idea of creating a "perfected humanity" by breeding "perfect children." She even beat Galton in his own land, moving to England in 1876 and introducing eugenics there. Woodhull was not a shy about her role. The title for this book comes from the headline of a 1912 London newspaper article proclaiming her "Lady Eugenist." In 1927, shortly before she died, the New York Times would carry an article in which she praised eugenic sterilization and claimed to have "advocated that fifty years ago in my book Marriage of the Unfit."

Product Details

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Inkling Books (Oct. 3 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587420406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587420405
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,568,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lady Eugenist Victoria Woodhull Nov. 9 2006
By I. Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
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This book containing the actual speeches of Victoria Woodhull is a must read for women. It puts one in touch with the history of woman's suffrage in the US with the history of the amazing Victoria Woodhull.The speeches are interspersed with reviews by a man that are very right brained and male oriented and for that reason less interesting. Would have preferred a female critique.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. A must have! Sept. 18 2012
By ThrillCozby - Published on Amazon.com
This book proves without a doubt that Victoria Woodhull Martin, the first female banker, first woman to run for president and feminist pioneer was the person who popularized Eugenics and forced sterilization first rather than Francis Galton. Galton was given credit because he came from the prestigious Darwin family and because he coined the term Eugenics but Woodhull was pushing the ideology before it was named Eugenics. The author uses newspaper articles that you can look up in the archives to prove his points. If you need proof of first wave feminism's love affair with negative eugenics look no further.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Her Own Words Aug. 12 2007
By Gail W. - Published on Amazon.com
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The absolute best thing about this book is the complete copies of Victoria Woodhull's speeches. One cannot dispute the validity of her own words. I am fascinated by Victoria Woodhull...how she seems to have disappeared from American History; when she was once very popular.

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