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Unformatted text preview: traced to genetics but are the product of one’s environment. But at that time, people were convinced that genes controlled these traits and that there was little one could do to interfere with the “predestination” that these genes brought to a person’s life. Faced with this “truth” it was only logical that if we could not control these traits through a person’s upbringing, then we must try to control them through eugenics and “good breeding.” Since then the support of eugenics by the Third Reich and its subsequent fall from power, as well as a better understanding of which traits are genetically controlled and which are a product of one’s environment have led to a push away from eugenics. However, as the association between eugenics and the Third Reich begins Shaffer 2 to wear away, it seems the question “Should we apply eugenics to the traits over which we have control?” will be a very important and contested one....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HIST 3C taught by Professor Porter during the Spring '07 term at UCLA.
- Spring '07