Are your genes good enough to be passed on?

No Irish Need Apply

Eugenics: A world movement at the turn of the century

Lest we forget American attitudes prior to WWII, here is an old testament to what we really thought about racial superiority in the good old days.  Back then we had the notion that we could improve the genetic makeup of Americans much as we could create a superior race horse or an improved type of rose.  This works well if you’re talking about disease resistant wheat or a faster greyhound.

However, if this had continued improving humans I might not be here.  Not because any of my relatives (except for a funny uncle in law on my mother’s side) were feeble, but because some self-important fellow in a white smock and a goatee thought there should be fewer short, dyslexic people would be a good idea. I’m not short or dyslexic but you get the idea.

These respectable geneticists were many in our prewar society and the world and influenced many things like anti miscegenation laws.  They knew that we could have a more homogenous and harmonious society could be created.  I suppose we should thank Hitler for highlighting the problems with this enlightened movement. American Eugenics circa 1912

About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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