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Overview | Eugenics and Science (1859-1939)

Overview | Eugenics and Science (1859-1939)

In this timeline, you’ll learn about key events in the development of eugenics in the U.S., specifically in the scientific and academic community. Eugenics began in Britain in the mid-19th century but by the turn of the century, it had made its way to the U.S. and attracted some of the most prominent figures in the history of 20th century science. The rise of eugenics coincided with a rise in popularity of Darwin’s theories of evolution by natural selection and Mendel’s law on genetic inheritance. Eugenicists were influenced greatly by these theories and used them to support their flawed and racist claims that certain “desirable” traits, like intelligence, were inheritable.  

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