What Is It?
Eugenics attempts to use social sanction or state policy to improve the “hereditary character” of a specific population by preventing those deemed “inferior” from reproducing and encouraging those deemed “superior” to bear children. Eugenics attempts to change the quality and quantity of a population, to increase the numbers of the “fit” over the “unfit.” These instructional materials will provide a historical timeline of eugenics and science and eugenics and policy.
How Does It Work?
Scroll through the interactives to learn about important dates and policies that were implemented over time. Key scientists and notable influencers are identified with primary source documents linked at the bottom of the page for further exploration.
Why Is It Important To Me?
The history of science is filled with discoveries, innovations and amazing pioneers. Yet, this rich history includes a darker side that is important for the science community to acknowledge. These instructional materials help to set the stage for classroom conversations regarding eugenics.