Eugenics Movement

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A controversial movement and social initiative that sought ‘better’ breeding with the lofty goal of improving the species
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It must also be remembered that in a contrived and indirect way, "the old eugenics movement, [which] actually began in England [but] was led [almost assuredly and solely] by Americans," (16) was nothing really to be proud of, because it was vulgar in its respective renditions, and deadly in its execution and consequences.
Andrew Carnegie, whose free libraries grace New York and many other cities, was a generous and enthusiastic supporter, as well, of the international eugenics movement.
Though Rosen's work is the first to explore the role of religious leaders in the eugenics movement, her analysis does not deal with some of the key cultural issues associated with eugenics--issues that appear in much of the eugenics scholarship.
84) Rushton ignores the assessment of the current residents of Cold Spring Harbor, who condemn the "self-righteously bigoted" members of the early-American eugenics movement.
One of the biggest fears of the eugenics movement (a fear which bordered on paranoia and which, as Moore's speech illustrates, often contained an undercurrent of titillation) was that the 'unfit' were reproducing their kind at a much greater rate than the 'fit', due to their lack of control over their sexual appetites.
See Cynkar, supra note 22, at 1423-25 (describing how the economic conditions in the United States in the late 19th century and the misunderstanding of mental illness during that time period combined to strengthen the eugenics movement in the United States).
Both the eugenics movement and the evacuation authors concluded that flawed character and personality traits that were passed down from parent to child were the causes of poverty.
Citing special education as a hold-over from the eugenics movement, and a categorization which creates labels, stigma, disenfranchisement, and segregation, the author seeks a new paradigm, one of inclusion in educational and civic communities, that education as a Western, Eurocentric, monocultural social institution is not capable of creating.
Francesco Cassata has added to this literature, focusing Building the New Man on the heretofore little studied Italian eugenics movement.
The eugenics movement gained most of its popularity in the early part of the 20th century.
The old links between Malthusian thinking and anti-poor people hysteria, racism and the eugenics movement have been glossed over, and now everyone from trendy feminists to green-leaning activists and from edgy newspaper columnists to respectable politicians is happy to spout the gospel according to Malthus.
This article extends and questions historians' recent inquiry into feminists' relationship with the eugenics movement.