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date: 28 November 2021

Eugenics. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Daniel J. KevlesDaniel J. Kevles

Eugenics had its modern roots in Social Darwinism. Its proponents held that the quality of the human population could be improved by manipulating its biological heredity. The eugenics movement flourished in the Americas as well as in Europe and Asia during the early twentieth century. Its backbone in the United States consisted of biologists, physicians, psychologists, and middle-class, white Protestants of northern European origins. The zoologist ... ...

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