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Commentary: R. L. Dugdale and the Jukes Family: A Historical Injustice Corrected

Elof Axel Carlson
BioScience
Vol. 30, No. 8 (Aug., 1980), pp. 535-539
DOI: 10.2307/1307974
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1307974
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Commentary: R. L. Dugdale and the Jukes Family: A Historical Injustice Corrected
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Abstract

The study of the Jukes family by Richard Dugdale has often been used to support a hereditarian eugenics position. A reading of Dugdale's original book reveals that he was an environmentalist in his interpretation of the Jukes; both in the causes of their social failures and the remedies for improving their social opportunities. The conversion of Dugdale's position accompanied changing social values in the last two decades of the 19th century.

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