Lombardo and Thompson Present on Eugenics, Prohibition in United Kingdom

Paul Lombardo, Georgia State University College of Law Regents’ Professor and Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, and Lauren MacIvor Thompson, faculty fellow and lecturer of history at Perimeter College, presented papers at the University of Bristol in September at a symposium that explored alcohol, stigma and disability. Lombardo’s paper examined the roles of William Jennings Bryan, the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement and Caleb Saleeby, a British champion of eugenics, who joined as unusual allies to advocate in favor of the prohibition movement in the United States. Thompson focused on birth control activist Margaret Sanger’s strategy of “framing the need for birth control through both moral and eugenic politics of alcohol use.”

The conference featured an interdisciplinary list of scholars, including historians, philosophers, psychologists, physicians, and public health experts who came from every part of Great Britain, as well as Canada and the U.S.  The symposium was sponsored by the London based Wellcome Trust, and conference papers will appear in an edited volume published by Manchester University Press.