The more we take, the more they make In deep sea matrimony; Race suicide
cannot betide The fertile abalone.
d) "The selfishness which leads to race suicide
with or without the pretext of bettering the species is, in God's sight, a detestable thing.
Because degenerates were unable to recognize their responsibility to prevent race suicide
, the state had to intervene in order to accomplish what the degenerate could not; thus, forced sterilization was to be the moral responsibility of any humanitarian society.
Responding to criticisms of the play, Grimke clarified her own ambitions for the work, defined the audience she hoped to reach with it, and denied that it "preaches race suicide
12), relations between neurasthenia and concerns about race suicide
Understanding of other concerns and processes, such as race suicide
and the cult of domesticity, would also serve to clarify the nurse-doctor relationship.
It is not difficult to hear in all this echoes of the rhetoric of race suicide
8] In other European countries falling fertility by the end of the nineteenth century also prompted warnings of national decline, demographic extinction, and race suicide
Medical jeremiads about race suicide
and racial deterioration were the result, as Oppenheim demonstrates.
Both Bederman and Lovett draw on Theodore Roosevelt in order to illustrate growing concerns about race suicide
, juxtaposing his ideas with those of less well known historical figures.
The essay culminates in an apparent vision of race- and gender-blind national citizenship: "[W]e will pay women what they earn and insist on their working and earning it; we will allow those persons to vote who know enough to vote, whether they be black or female, white or male; and we will ward race suicide
, not by further burdening the over-burdened, but by honoring motherhood, even when the sneaking father shirks his duty" (185).
The arguement was that women would become sterile or become hysterical if they pursued higher education, and that educated women would turn away from what was expected of them--to be a wife and mother, and that ultimately this would lead to race suicide