War Against the Weak

War Against the Weak

Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create A Master Race

Book - 2003
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Genetics is in the news. What's not in the news are its origins in a racist 20th-century pseudoscience called eugenics. In 1904, the U.S. began a large-scale eugenics movement that was championed by the nation's medical, political, and religious elite. Eugenics sought to eliminate social "undesirables" and was eventually copied by the Third Reich. Whites, blacks, Native Americans — nearly everyone was subject to sterilization, castration, and in some cases, euthanasia. In the aftermath of world revulsion over Nazi atrocities, eugenics was reborn with a new name and new packaging: genetics. This is an explosive, detailed, and vigorously researched account of U.S. race science and its "enlightened" reincarnation worldwide as human engineering. Illustrations accompany this startling investigation of America's century-long attempt to create a master race through mass sterilization and human breeding programs.
Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, c2003.
ISBN: 9781568582580
1568582587
Branch Call Number: 363. 920973 BLA
Characteristics: xxviii, 550 p., [14] p. of plates : ill., ports.

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stewstealth
Dec 20, 2016

The story of the Eugenics movement particularly in America and it's subsequent adoption by the Nazis. This account is very detailed which detracts from the narrative. I would have liked the account to be a little more holistic to include those detractors who prevented the movement from taking full flight in the majority Protestant countries. Well worth reading if you are interested in the topic or are unfamiliar with the movement.

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thomas1212
May 01, 2012

edwin black always brilliant!

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