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