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The Eugenics Crusade(video)
PBS ^ | 10-16-18 | American Experience

Posted on 10/16/2018 11:47:13 PM PDT by Mozilla

A hybrid derived from the Greek words meaning “well” and “born,” the term eugenics was coined in 1883 by Sir Francis Galton, a British cousin to Charles Darwin, to name a new “science” through which human beings might take charge of their own evolution. The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely –– and largely unknown –– movement that turned the fledgling scientific theory of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control. Perhaps more surprising still, American eugenics was neither the work of fanatics, nor the product of fringe science. The goal of the movement was simple and, to its disciples, laudable: to eradicate social ills by limiting the number of those considered to be genetically “unfit” –– a group that would expand to include many immigrant groups, the poor, Jews, the mentally and physically disabled, and the “morally delinquent.” At its peak in the 1920s, the movement was in every way mainstream, packaged as a progressive quest for “healthy babies.” Its doctrines were not only popular and practiced, but codified by laws that severely restricted immigration and ultimately led to the institutionalization and sterilization of tens of thousands of American citizens. Populated by figures both celebrated and obscure, The Eugenics Crusade is an often revelatory portrait of an America at once strange and eerily familiar.


TOPICS: Education; History; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dna; eugenics; pbs; progressivemovement
Movie that ran on PBS about The Eugenics Movement from American Experience.
1 posted on 10/16/2018 11:47:13 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

The link:
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/eugenics-crusade/#part01


2 posted on 10/16/2018 11:48:54 PM PDT by Mozilla (Truth Is Stranger than Fiction)
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To: Mozilla

The Eugenics Movement was at the center of the Progressive Movement, fully endorsed by the likes of Woodrow Wilson as a part of their elitist scientific social engineering. They actually admired the Nazis until they turned on their Darling, Stalin.


3 posted on 10/16/2018 11:59:59 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Every time a lefty cries "racism", a Trump voter gets his wings.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Totally progressive and completely settled science.

Sound familiar?


4 posted on 10/17/2018 12:04:52 AM PDT by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Still the same ole Demoncrap party.


5 posted on 10/17/2018 12:17:10 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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To: ifinnegan

Eerily familiar...too bad it takes 100 years to impartially observe our human incompetence and mendacity. Like today’s drive for “diversity”...not so fast you Christians and/or conservatives.
A dead society will be our reward.


6 posted on 10/17/2018 12:41:58 AM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: Getready

Sterilization (like abortion is today) was rationalized as necessary to improve mankind.

Then the Nazis started using sterilization and eventually gas chambers to create their super race.

It was settled science. No disagreement, skeptics or deniers were tolerated.


7 posted on 10/17/2018 1:32:59 AM PDT by bobk333
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To: Mozilla

BUMP!


8 posted on 10/17/2018 3:32:33 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Mozilla

This seems like an accurate portrayal of history, something that I wouldn’t expect from PBS.


9 posted on 10/17/2018 5:11:57 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Jeff Chandler

According to the program the Nazis admired them.
Lots of interesting history
but inaccurate conclusions were arrived at.


10 posted on 10/17/2018 6:23:11 AM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Yes it is the same now as then.


11 posted on 10/17/2018 5:39:09 PM PDT by Mozilla (Truth Is Stranger than Fiction)
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