book talk


Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia

TimeThursday, February 25, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

Please join us online for a talk by author and historian Dr. Elizabeth Catte on her book Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia, a sweeping, unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. Between 1927 and 1979, more than 8,000 people were involuntarily sterilized in five hospitals across the state of Virginia. The state’s 20th-century eugenics program was not the misguided initiative of well-meaning men of the day, but rather a manifestation of white supremacy, a form of employment insurance, a means of controlling “troublesome” women, and a philosophy that helped remove poor people from valuable land.

The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book is available to order from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or

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