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Essay sample - Eugenics in the girl in the glass.
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Jeffrey Ford’s The Girl In The Glass had a setting in 1932. This social-political setting was the aftermath of the great Mexican immigration in 1924 when labor was needed and this demand was conveniently met by the immigrants.
Jeffrey Ford’s The Girl In The Glass had a setting in 1932. This social-political setting was the aftermath of the great Mexican immigration in 1924 when labor was needed and this demand was conveniently met by the immigrants. However by 1932, there was the reverse deportation when the economic effects of the Great Depression hit hard in America. Illegal, as well as legal Mexicans were no longer welcome because they took away jobs from the Americans. Hence the novel has a running theme on illegal Mexicans and how Isabel and Diego were at risk of deportation. (Ford 284). Ford tells that the Eugenics Record Office (ERO), which was a center for eugenics and hereditary research from 1910 – 1944, also had a prevalent role in the situation of that time. Another historical association was the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). They preached eugenics and they were Prohibitionists too. Ford wrote his mystery thriller based on the factors of immigration, Depression, Eugenics, KKK and Prohibitionists. My thesis is based upon the premise that Ford did not mean to write his novel as a history of eugenics in America but rather as a futuristic one to warn about the imminent dangers of eugenics. Eugenics was initially defined as the social philosophy and science to improve the human hereditary traits by purposeful methods. Ford makes Isobel mention the year, 1924, to frame the reference to the Immigration Act of 1924. (Ford 62). ...
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