This book tells the stranger than fiction story of how a poor white family from indiana was scapegoated into prominence as americas worst family by the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century then reinvented in the 1970s as part of a vanguard of social rebellion. Inventing americas worst family eugenics islam and the fall and rise of the tribe of ishmael berkeley and los angeles university of california press 2009 pp xiv 253 cloth 6000 paper 2495. Inventing americas worst family is a brilliant and fascinating account of how the political construction of race in early twentieth century america shaped and reshaped the public representation of the ishmaels a poor white family from indiana. Inventing americas worst family eugenics islam and the fall and rise of the tribe of ishmael. Nathaniel deutschs inventing americas worst family eugenics islam and the fall and rise of the tribe of ishmael is a wonderful contribution to the emerging scholarship about the history of eugenics
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