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The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics

The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics
Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a co-called "Master Race." But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn't originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, although little known, role in the American eugenics movement's campaign for ethnic cleansing. Eugenics was the racist pseudoscience determined to wipe away all human beings deemed "unfit," preserving only those who conformed to a Nordic stereotype. Elements of the philosophy were enshrined as national policy by forced sterilization and segregation laws, as well as marriage restrictions, enacted in twenty-seven states. California was considered an epicenter of the American eugenics movement. Eugenics was born as a scientific curiosity in the Victorian age. How? Hitler studied American eugenics laws.

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S.E: History News Network is a helpful source when looking at specific movements from a historical perspective, particularly Eugenics in this case. This article explores the social context and the ethical issues that may arise revolving around eugenics. by sc215 Apr 23

EM: History News Network is located at George Mason University. It was formed to help address current events with historical perspective. This article would be useful to anyone who is interested in eugenics or genetic discrimination. by sc215 Apr 14

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