How Does Eugenics Relate to Natural Selection?
What is Eugenics?
The goal of eugenics was to 'improve' the human race but stopping people who were 'unfit' from reproducing. At the time, this meant anyone who was not white was deemed 'unfit'. Anyone with a trace of pauperism, alcoholism and any disabilities such as epilepsy were lawfully restricted from reproducing.
Eugenics in the United States.
Eugenics in the US was a lot more popular than where it got its roots, in the UK. In competitions such as 'Better Baby' were held at county fairs. They were held in buildings that looked like livestock barns. Children were judged alongside produce and livestock.
Sterilization in the US
Sterilization in terms of eugenics is the act of stopping someone from reproducing.
Sterilization laws were adopted in 30 states. Between the years 1934-1945 350,000 sterilizations were performed. Some states continued sterilizations until the 1970s. The top 5 states with the most sterilizations were:
1. California- 20,108
2. Virginia- 8,300
3. North Carolina- 8,000
4. Kansas- 3,032
5. Indiana - 2,424
In most states, women were the main targets for sterilization.
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