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