Lecture 2 April 3 Negative Eugenics

Lecture 2 April 3 Negative Eugenics - Negative Eugenics in...

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Negative Eugenics in California Two forms- negative and positive eugenics Negative—preventing dysgenic outcomes Positive eugenics – promoting eugenics outcomes—trying to get the fit to mate with other fit people Darwin and Galton had no idea how heredity worked Gene has not been coined during Darwin’s and Galton’s time Eugenics predates the science of genetics Gregor Mendel—father of genetics medelian genetics - Dominant and recessive traits People studied families and tried to work out which human traits might be dominant and recessive hoping to give them control of the outcome fo birth Morons, imbeciles, and idiots—were scientific terms Hierarchy of mental deficiency Eugenists would study poor families trying to discover being a moron was a dominant or recessive trait. American Breeding society formed a eugenic club that inspired the thinking of noble and inferior blood Cold Spring Harbor – laboratory for eugenics Genetic determinism Eugenists thought of train wrecking as being heredity
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