Inheriting Shame: The Story of Eugenics and Racism in by Steven Selden

By Steven Selden

How may such a lot of of America's academic, political and highbrow leaders have recommended things like institutionalization, segregation or even sterilization of these with "inferior blood"? How may perhaps the racist idea of selective breeding and racial betterment became a vital part of highschool and school biology textbooks? during this paintings Stephen Selden tells the tale of the eugenics circulate in the USA throughout the early many years of the 20 th century. entire with archival images, "Inheriting disgrace" offers a robust historic account and refutation of organic determinist rules. Selden discusses the position performed by way of America's optimal socialists and scientists, renowned media, and most significantly, the college textbook, in shaping public awareness concerning the "truth" of organic determinism. even more than just an old evaluate, "Inheriting disgrace" concludes with a trenchant research of latest learn proof of the function that inheritance performs in complicated human behaviour - together with features starting from Down Syndrome to violent behaviour and homosexuality.

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As a student of Franz Boas and a curator at the American Museum of Natural History, Lowie delivered a series of lectures in 1917 in which he rejected the biological determinism of the physical anthropologists of his day. Cravens (1978) marks the date of his lectures as the beginning of the heredity-environment controversy, noting that "the culture idea was at odds with the notion of 'Nordic' superiority" (pp. 90-92). In 1918 then, partly as a rejection of Boasian cultural anthropology and (1978), his partly from a desire to propagandize for racial Society was formed in and political ends, the Galton New York City.

The chapter outlines the activities of the AES as well as those of the Race Betterment Conference in 1928 and the International Congress of Eugenics in 1932. CHAPTER 2 Organizing American Eugenics: 1922-1932 The stocks which carry the germ plasm of leadership, talent and ability must be the race must be nurtured and increased, better babies must be the watchword purified. Eugenics must be taught throughout our national educational system. — A . Decade of Progress in Eugenics: Scientific Papers Third International Congress of Eugenics, 1934 of the L.

His point was that eu- had made the reductive error made by many Naturalists; they had erred by reducing social problems to biological causes. "The[se] social problems," Miller concluded^ "have nothing whatever to do with biological inheritance" (p. 470). While these caveats were voiced at the conference, genicists they represented a minority position. The majority position was well represented by the social theorist Herbert Spencer, whose words appear on the proceedings' title page. "To be a good animal," Spencer charged, "is the first requisite to success in life, and to be a Nation of good animals is the first condition of national prosperity" (Spencer, 1914).

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