Confronting Legacies: Eugenics at UVA

“Confronting Legacies” is a series that explores the most controversial names, statues, and memorials on grounds.

In the first part of this series, Jakob Cansler explores the legacy of President Alderman and how he made UVA a leading institution in the pseudoscience of eugenics.

Pictures courtesy of UVAToday and Virginia Magazine

Dorr, Gregory Michael. “Assuring America’s Place in the Sun: Ivey Foreman Lewis and the Teaching of Eugenics at the University of Virginia, 1915-1953.” The Journal of Southern History, vol. 66, no. 2, 2000, pp. 257–296. JSTOR,

Dorr, Gregory Michael. Segregation’s Science : Eugenics and Society in Virginia, University of Virginia Press, 2008. ProQuest Ebook Central,

“Eugenics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster,

“The value of southern idealism” a speech by Edwin Alderman

“UVA and the History of Race: Eugenics, the Racial Integrity Act, Health Disparities” by P. Preston Reynolds.


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