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Posts Tagged ‘eugenics’


World War II begins in Europe, when Germany invades Poland. In Germany, sterilisation of the mentally retarded was replaced by a euthanasia law. Now patients in mental hospitals could simply be killed on eugenics grounds. Victims of this program, both adults and children, were given lethal injections or gassed; in the occupied territories, they were shot by […]


The Pellagra Incident. After millions of individuals die from Pellagra over a span of two decades, the U.S. Public Health Service finally acts to stem the disease. The director of the agency admits it had known for at least 20 years that Pellagra is caused by a niacin deficiency but failed to act since most of […]


The Virginia Racial Integrity Act passed on the advice of Harry Laughlin (Eugenics lab funded by Harrimans and Rockefellers) and was finally overturned and struck off the books by order of the US Federal Supreme Court as late as 1967. On February 22nd, Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House. Ireland, County Wexford. Two boys watched […]


The psychologist Henry Goddard had introduced the Binet intelligence test to the US at the start of the century. This gave the eugenicists a way to quantify intelligence, and, more particularly, measure and define ‘idiots’, ‘imbeciles’ and ‘morons’. Goddard’s famous study of the inheritance of feeble-mindedness in the pseudonymous ‘Kallikak’ family was published in 1912. Senator LaFollette and Congressman Lindbergh spoke regularly […]


With the financial support of the Harriman and Rockefeller families, Charles Davenport established the Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbour and appointed Harry Laughlin as its superintendent. Normandy. The crew of a French fishing boat operating off the coast saw ‘a large, black, bird-like object’ fall from the sky into the sea, then bounded back before it fell once more and […]


Inspired by Galton’s ideas, the Eugenics Education Society of UK was founded with the explicit aim of spreading the doctrine of genetic improvement throughout the land. Galton became its honorary president in 1908. Galton’s protge, Karl Pearson, a statistician of real originality, developed the founder’s ideas of human measurement and formed the Biometric Laboratory at University College, London in the […]


Albert Einstein’s “Theory of Special Relativity.” See, “Elektrodynamik Bewegter Korper,” 17 Annalen der Physik, pp. 891-921. (1905). Robert Sterling Clark – still in the Army – travels to the West Indies to begin preparations for an ambitious undertaking: an expedition to a remote area of northern China. The beginning of the 20th century saw eugenicists questioning the health […]


The foundations of eugenics were laid down in the 19th century by Francis Galton. A cousin of Charles Darwin and a man of wayward brilliance, Galton was convinced of the need to improve human stock by selective breeding. At the start of the 20th century, industrialists like Andrew Carnegie andJohn D Rockefeller saw a justification for competitive capitalism in Darwin’s ‘survival of […]