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

Farley, Audrey Clare, (author.). Flanagan, Lisa, (narrator.).


As American women began to reject Victorian propriety, authorities feared that "oversexed" women could destroy civilization if allowed to reproduce and pass on their defects. In 1934, aided by a eugenics law, socialite Maryon Cooper Hewitt had her "promiscuous" daughter declared feebleminded and sterilized. This was to deprive Ann of millions of dollars from her father's estate, which contained a child-bearing stipulation. A sensational court case ensued, captivating the public and eugenicists, who saw a chance to restrict reproductive rights in America.

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  • ISBN: 9781549110962
  • ISBN: 1549110969
  • ISBN: 9781549110986
  • ISBN: 1549110985
  • Physical Description: 7 audio discs (8 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Book Group, [2021]

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General Note:
Compact discs.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Lisa Flanagan.
Subject: Hewitt, Ann Cooper, 1914-1956.
Hewitt, Ann Cooper, 1914-1956 > Trials, litigation, etc.
Heiresses > United States > Biography.
Reproductive rights > United States > History > 20th century.
Involuntary sterilization > United States > History > 20th century.
Socialites > United States > Biography.
Genre: Audiobooks.

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