The Eugenics Ideal: A Portrait of American Social-Darwinism

Sociology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This essay avoids taking a moral stance on the delicate issue of eugenics, but gives a brief detailed assessment of the creation of the eugenic ideal and the history of the American eugenics movement.

“These ideas regarding the selection of the human species are generally referred to as “Social Darwinism.” Francis Galton, who first believed that an artificial form of natural selection was needed for the human species, defined eugenics as “the scientific improvement of the human race germ plasm through better breeding.” ”


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