Faculty Seminar Advisor

David Doellinger

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

History

Document Type

Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

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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