Eugenic sterilization is usually associated with Nazi horrors before and during World War II. But, as Dr. Molly Ladd-Taylor
reminds us, it was also practiced in the United States. In her new book Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), Ladd-Taylor examines a state-run sterilization program in Minnesota and reveals the everyday politics of eugenic sterilization in twentieth-century America. She demonstrates that eugenic sterilization in practice was dictated not only by long-standing attitudes toward poverty, disability, and gender, but also by financial and fiscal policies geared at managing the cost of public assistance and welfare.