America's Progressive Evolutionists: Hitler's Inspiration?

While the horrors of Germany’s Nazi past are well known, it is a well-kept secret that similar programs were also prevalent in some Allied countries. The award-winning investigative journalist Edwin Black has documented America’s huge selective breeding and forced sterilization program in his book War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race.1

Eugenics is the attempt to breed a better human race by applying evolutionary principles. Its founder was Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton (1822–1911). These ideas were picked up in the USA by Charles Davenport (1866–1944), who founded the Eugenics Record Office in 1910, headed by his right-hand man, Harry Laughlin (1880–1943).

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