Title

Eugenics Past and Present: Remembering Buck v. Bell

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2001

Abstract

At the end of the nineteenth century, as Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution were making their way to all levels of society, scientists and the general public began to consider how selective breeding could improve a species’s chance of survival. The theories were applied to the human species as well. A number of selective breeding enthusiasts asked: to eliminate undesirable characteristics in humans, should some people be considered so “defective” or “inferior” that they should not be allowed to reproduce?

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Social Education, v. 65, no. 5, p. 300-306

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