Eugenics And The Eugenics Movement

2789 Words Mar 11th, 2015 12 Pages
Michael Olson
PS 308
PS 308 Essay Eugenics has always been given such a notoriously bad connotation, and rightfully so. Eugenics is essentially the belief in controlling the human population by means of improving the gene pool through different processes, and increasing the likelihood of traits which are generally more desirable to the whole of the species. Now that probably sounds familiar, doesn 't it? People commonly connect the eugenics movement with the Aryan belief that Hitler infamously believed in. In fact, Hitler wrote a letter to one of the eugenics movements leadings proprietors, Madison Grant, praising his writing of his book “The Passing of the Great Race” calling it “his bible”. In Hitler’s famous autobiography “Mein Kampf”, the ideas of the eugenics movement from the United States are apparent. Eugenics was highly influential, and also highly accepted at the time. However, as time progressed, the eugenics movement grew to be less and less socially acceptable and eventually would come to die off as a part of American political discourse. However, some might say that the movement isn 't completely over. I will argue that eugenics is still alive and well in modern American society by discussing the movement and then explore how eugenics is still alive in society today by way of vaccinations, artificial fertilization, and abortion. The origins of eugenics can be traced back to the early 1900s in the United States, although Eugenic ideals had existed…

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