PAUL POPENOE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/25/1968 CO-SIGNED BY: THERON C. LIDDLE - HFSID 42597
PAUL POPENOE and THERON C. LIDDLE This item is signed by the two authors in ink! Document Signed: "Paul Popenoe/ with pleasure!" "Theron C. Liddle". 8½x11. Dated November 25, 1968.
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PAUL POPENOE and THERON C. LIDDLE This item is signed by the two authors in ink! Document Signed: "Paul Popenoe/ with pleasure!" "Theron C. Liddle". 8½x11. Dated November 25, 1968. Letterhead from the Deseret News, where Liddle worked as editor. In Part: "I would like your permission to use the quote attributed to you, to be used in the following manner: 'Children will outgrow their need for af-/fection and demonstrativeness, but hus-/bands won't.'/-Dr. Paul Popenoe. It would be published as shown above". As a young man, Paul Popenoe (1888-1979) was an early pioneer of marriage counseling, especially in the United States, although his career began quite differently. As a young man, he gained some professional experience in science when he conducted an agricultural expedition in Asia and northern Africa on behalf of his father, a farming pioneer in Kansas. He published Date Growing in the Old World and the New in 1913. His interests soon took a turn when he began studying human breeding, eugenics, and social hygiene (i.e. the attempt to promote positive characteristics among humans). He edited the Journal of Heredity from 1913-1917, later co-authoring Applied Eugenics. After serving in WWI, Popenoe gradually shifted towards the sterilization of the mentally ill. Another interest of Popenoe was marriage, which he thought was the most basic structure of human society and should be respected. He espoused chastity before marriage and grew horrified at the growing divorce rate in the United States. As a result, the Institute of Family Relations was opened in 1930, offering high-quality marriage counseling services. Over the decades, he was forced to shift towards eugenics and marriage counseling, and then just marriage counseling, due to the changing tide of public opinion, particularly after the Nazi-sponsored Holocaust. His mainstream approach led him to appearances on TV talk shows, most notably The Linkletter Show (1952-1970). Because of his traditional views on marriage, his work was later closely associated with religious conservatives, although he was not religious himself whatsoever. Popenoe did not just talk the talk: he was married to his wife for nearly 58 years until her death in 1978. Theron C. Liddle (1912-1977) was a writer who published a series titled A Thought for Today throughout the 1960s, encompassing a total of five volumes. He was managing editor at the Deseret News from 1949-1971. Mailing creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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