Eugenics

Kayla Krucher

What is Eugenics?

The idea of improving the human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics

Social Impact of Eugenics in the 1920s

Eugenics is an idea that is very much related to other ideas in the 1920s. At this time there was a lot of Nativism, where many hated immigrants and anyone that wasn't American. Americans feared that immigrants would bring over communism and anarchism so they figured more Americans plus less everyone else equaled a better human race. This, consequentially, fueled the originally weakening hold America had on racism.

The Death of Eugenics

When something is socially accepted by the majority of a country, it is often times hard to get rid of it. Many people blindly follow what most people think is right. Usually it has to be found to go against something that is thought of as morally wrong or used by someone who is infamous for doing something against those morals. That is exactly what happened to Eugenics. People began to pull away from the Eugenics theory when Adolf Hitler (left) used it as reasoning for the Jewish genocide in WWII, causing people to begin to see what's wrong with Eugenics.