Francis Galton and the Racist Pseudoscience of Eugenics in the 19th Century

Smart people can have really bad ideas – like selectively breeding human beings to allegedly “improve” the species. Introduction A popular pseudoscience was leaving its mark on American culture a century ago in everything from massive reductions in quotas for immigration to the U.S., to thousands of “fitter family” contests at county fairs, to a[…]

The Marriage of Christianity and Eugenics in the Early Twentieth Century

Religious ideas and cultural values exerted a powerful influence upon eugenics in an attempt to make it more palatable. By Dr. Graham J. BakerWellcome Unit for the History of MedicineUniversity of Oxford Abstract Historians have regularly acknowledged the significance of religious faith to the eugenics movement in Britain and the USA. However, much of this[…]