What contributed to the rise of the eugenics movement
Eugenics or the belief in the improvement of the human race through selective breeding played a significant role in the history and culture of the United States prior to WWII. Based on pseudo science tens of thousands of Americans were forcibly sterilize during those years and well into the 1970s.
Using TWO of the secondary sources AND at least FOUR of the primary sources below (or six sources total) answer the following question: Despite early criticism what contributed to the rise of the eugenics movement during the first decades of the twentieth century?
Eugenics the set of beliefs and practices which aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population played a significant role in the history and culture of the United States prior to its involvement in World War II.
Eugenics was practice in the United States many years before eugenics programs in Nazi Germany and U.S. programs provided much of the inspiration for the latter. Stefan Kühl has documented the consensus between Nazi race policies and those of eugenicists in other countries including the United States and points out that eugenicists understood Nazi policies and measures as the realization of their goals and demands.
During the Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th century eugenics was considered a method of preserving and improving the dominant groups in the population. It is now generally associate with racist and nativist elements (as the movement was to some extent a reaction to a change in emigration from Europe) rather than scientific genetics.