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The unfit heiress : the tragic life and scandalous sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt / Audrey Clare Farley.

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  • 8 of 12 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Batesville Mem. PL - Batesville 362.198 FARLEY (Text) 34706001709536 Non-Fiction 300-399 Available -
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola B HEWITT A (Text) 33118000197056 Adult: New Book Checked out 08/14/2021
Clinton PL - Clinton B HEWITT (Text) 36806002123402 NEW ITEMS Available -
Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville 362.198 Far (Text) 32604070211582 DCTPLD AD New Non-Fiction Available -
Eckhart PL - Main 306.874 FAR (Text) 840191003117641 New Items - Main Level In process -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 362.198 FAR (Text) 33187004803272 Nonfiction Available -
Mooresville PL - Mooresville 362.198 FAR (Text) 37323005538221 NONFIC Available -
Morgan Co PL - Martinsville Main Library B HEW (Text) 78551000551318 Biography Available -
Spencer Co PL - Rockport Main Library 921 Hew (Text) 70741000167010 Adult Non Fiction Available -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette 921 Hewitt, Ann Cooper (Text) 31951004560188 2nd Floor - New Arrivals Checked out 08/19/2021
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538753354
  • ISBN: 1538753359
  • Physical Description: viii, 292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-292).
Formatted Contents Note:
The new woman and the rise of eugenics. The sterilized heiress ; "Over-sexed" ; Remaking the world ; Mayhem ; The newcomer ; The chrysalis -- Womanhood and eugenics on trial. An accident ; A new Ann ; Fugitive prisoner ; Plotting ; The wizard ; Love or the lamp ; The criminal trial -- The aftermath. Burying the sterilized heiress ; Mr. Marriage ; The inquest ; Operation lawsuit ; Madrigal v. Quilligan ; Another reveal ; Remembering Ann.
Summary, etc.:
"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 feeble minded 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.
Subject: Hewitt, Ann Cooper, 1914-1956.
Hewitt, Ann Cooper, 1914-1956 > Trials, litigation, etc.
Heiresses > United States > Biography.
Socialites > United States > Biography.
Involuntary sterilization > United States > History > 20th century.
Reproductive rights > United States > History > 20th century.
Genre: Biographies.

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