Gutman Library Book Talk - The Orphans of Davenport: Eugenics, the Great Depression, and the War over Children’s Intelligence
In The Orphans of Davenport, psychologist and esteemed historian Marilyn Brookwood, Ed.M.'08, chronicles how a band of young psychologists in 1930s Iowa shattered the nature-versus-nurture debate and overthrew long-accepted racist and classist views of childhood development.
Transporting readers to a rural Iowa devastated by dust storms and economic collapse, Brookwood reveals just how profoundly unlikely it was for this breakthrough to come from the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station. Funded by the University of Iowa and the Rockefeller Foundation, and modeled on America’s experimental agricultural stations, the Iowa Station was virtually unknown, a backwater compared to the renowned psychology faculties of Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton.
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