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News Modern eugenics might have started in 1883

  1. Jul 2, 2009 #1
    Evo, modern eugenics might have started in 1883 with Sir Francis Galton, but that doesn't change the fact that it's manipulated variant became a very strong movement in the United States, and in particular in California, which did perform more sterilizations than any other state in America, and was the first state to legalize sterilization.

    It is also very true that the eugenics movement was supported by all major politicians, celebrities, scientists, philanthropies, universities, etc...

    Eugenics started off as being a way to improve the human condition.

    Dogs are the most prominent example of eugenics as it was originally meant to be, applied to a different animal. Through thousands of years of selective breeding and so forth, we have created all these different dog breeds.

    But we have created some very unique and special dogs as a result. Eugenics held similar views with regards to wanting to create the "perfect" human. Galton's views were taken far beyond anything he intended.

    But then it evolved into a "science" which postulated a crises of the gene pool, saying if the "feeble-minded" were not eliminated, then they would eventually kill off all of humanity.

    The "feeble-minded" were Jews, blacks, immigrants, etc...eugenics theory was supported by Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, John Maynard Keynes, Oliver Wendell Holmes (and yes the Supreme Court did back eugenics), Margaret sanger, Louis Brandeis, Alexander Graham Bell, H. G. Wells, and so forth.

    The Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations all supported research, and the Cold Springs Harbow Instituted was built specifically for such research.Research was also carried out at harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, etc...Germany and America were the leaders in this research, eventually Germany surpassed America as the leader.

    When the Germans began gassing inmates from their mental institutions, that was via law that was already in place prior to the rise of the Nazis.

    After World War II, no one was a eugenecist anymore.

    Some books on the subject are:

    War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a master Race

    Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom

    The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism

    American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism
     
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