The word "eugenics," first used in the 1880s means "well born" and was used to develop a great variety of pedigree studies aimed at improving "the breed of man." In the U.S., eugenics represented a way to respond to the diversity, racial and ethnic that was becoming a great concern to those who held power in the nation. This course will examine the development of the eugenics movement in the U.S. focusing on three key issues: impact on laws created to govern "racial purity"; issues of citizenship and national identity; and how it became an international movement.
Note: Enrollment limited to 15 students. CH 109 highly recommended.