Marilyn Brookwood

Marilyn Brookwood. #UNBOUND: Eugenics and orphans

The John Batchelor Show

by Marilyn Brookwood

October 13, 2021

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Here in the 21st century, it is common sensical that a loving family is critical to the development of a child to adulthood.” ‑John Batchelor, in his introductory remarks

However, the notion that a loving family is essential in child rearing largely did not exist when Harold Skeels and his team began their work at the University of Iowa in the 1930s. John Batchelor and Marilyn Brookwood sit down in this iteration of CBS Eye on the World with John Batchelor” to discuss the lost and recovered history laid out by Marilyn Brookwood in THE ORPHANS OF DAVENPORT. Broken into four segments, the John Batchelor Show’s host and guest discuss the Iowa team working in Davenport during the 1930s, the eugenicists that opposed them, what happened to the various Davenport Orphans, and the repercussions in the University of Iowa as well as psychology overall in the wake of Skeels’ research. 

A note from the author: This conversation on CBS Eye on the World with John Batchelor” hopefully opened a few more eyes to the critical history featured in THE ORPHANS OF DAVENPORT. I am so grateful to John for having had the opportunity to talk about my book and take an audio walk through this hidden history of Iowa, IQ, children, and eugenics.



Duration: 0:41:00