Title

Eugenics and Racial Hygiene: The Connections between the United States and Germany

Date

6-1-2017 9:00 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 9:15 AM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Department

History

Session Chair

Elizabeth M. Swedo

Session Title

History Senior Thesis presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

David Doellinger

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

During the 1910s-1930s eugenics movement, communications zipped between the German and American eugenicists; this movement was directed towards better breeding in human beings to weed out the unfit who were supposedly plaguing society. Most research has predominantly focused on the eugenics movements within individual countries and not the interplay between them. Through letters, pamphlets, propaganda, and research conducted by eugenics organizations, my research explores the contact between movements and focuses on the exchange itself. A pamphlet produced by the Human Betterment Foundation entitled best illustrates the exchange of ideas. It was created in 1934, and argued in favor of the advantages and benefits of sterilization of unfit individuals. The Nazi journal viewed this survey as evidence that the more information people had about sterilization, the more likely it was that they would support it. This source supports my overall argument that the eugenics movement exchanged information on the international front and adapted information for local publics.

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Jun 1st, 9:00 AM Jun 1st, 9:15 AM

Eugenics and Racial Hygiene: The Connections between the United States and Germany

WUC Columbia Room

During the 1910s-1930s eugenics movement, communications zipped between the German and American eugenicists; this movement was directed towards better breeding in human beings to weed out the unfit who were supposedly plaguing society. Most research has predominantly focused on the eugenics movements within individual countries and not the interplay between them. Through letters, pamphlets, propaganda, and research conducted by eugenics organizations, my research explores the contact between movements and focuses on the exchange itself. A pamphlet produced by the Human Betterment Foundation entitled best illustrates the exchange of ideas. It was created in 1934, and argued in favor of the advantages and benefits of sterilization of unfit individuals. The Nazi journal viewed this survey as evidence that the more information people had about sterilization, the more likely it was that they would support it. This source supports my overall argument that the eugenics movement exchanged information on the international front and adapted information for local publics.