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Unformatted text preview: 2/2/10 AMS 30 Lecture 7 - The Average American: Eugenics, Composite Photography and Sculpture, and Typical American Families Contests Go Over Paper 2 Assignment, due 2/16 (see syllabus) Goal for Today: To Show the Depth, Longevity, and Popular Influence of Eugenic Processes of Averaging Americans Positive Eugenics goal to increase the birthrate of the fit; promoted through Fitter Family Contests (for educating white citizens mostly), tax laws favoring children for middle-class income brackets; the Lynds construction of white Middletown as typically American fits with positive eugenics general focus on whiteness as average/ideal. Negative Eugenics- federal anti-immigration law, state anti- miscegenation laws, state sterilization laws for the feebleminded and criminals; over 70,000 people involuntarily sterilized in the United States up through 1983, when the last sterilization law was removed from state legislation. Fitter Family Contests and Variations American Eugenics Societys Fitter Family Contests at state fairs (1920s- 1939) NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Prize Baby Contests (1920s) Typical American Families Contest, New York Worlds Fair (1939) Norma Contest, Ohio (sponsored by the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, c....
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