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The unfit heiress : the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt

Title
The unfit heiress : the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt / Audrey Clare Farley.
ISBN
9781538753354
1538753359
9781538753347
Edition
First edition.
Publication
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group, 2021.
Copyright Notice Date
©2021.
Physical Description
viii, 292 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
July 10, 2021
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents
The sterilized heiress
"Over-sexed"
Remaking the world
Mayhem
The newcomer
The chrysalis
An accident
A new Ann
Fugitive prisoner
Plotting
The wizard
Love of the lamp
The criminal trial
Burying the sterilized heiress
Mr. Marriage
The inquest
Operation lawsuit
Madrigal v. Quilligan
Another reveal
Remembering Ann.
Genre/Form
Biography.
Biographies.
History.
Trials, litigation, etc.
Biographies.
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