“Yea, I have a Goodly Heritage”: Health Versus Heredity in the Fitter Family Contests, 1920-1928

@article{Boudreau2005YeaIH,
  title={“Yea, I have a Goodly Heritage”: Health Versus Heredity in the Fitter Family Contests, 1920-1928},
  author={Erica Bicchieri Boudreau},
  journal={Journal of Family History},
  year={2005},
  volume={30},
  pages={366 - 387}
}
  • Erica Bicchieri Boudreau
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of Family History
  • By the 1920s, the future of the middle-class family had become a topic of great concern for mainstream Americans. This widespread concern led to a new acceptance of the discussion of sexual and marital issues in print and in public. Within this public discussion, eugenicists, physicians, clerics, sociologists, and various others offered solutions to the questions and concerns of their rapidly changing society. The Fitter Family contests, sponsored by eugenicists and held at state fairs in the… CONTINUE READING
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