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The promotion of the American Eugenics movement by prominent Americans, James Watson

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Interviewee: James Watson. Many Americans accepted eugenics social policy as a rational solution to the problem of what to do with the "unfit." Here James Watson discusses the failure of eugenics to identify genetic differences between people they considered "fit" and "unfit." (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Threat of the unfit > Epilogue > Progressive eugenics)
Transcript:
These ideas were considered highly progressive, prominent individuals like Theodore Roosevelt thought eugenics was great. And because at that time they didn't really know how to handle the unfit, they were in poorhouses, homes for mentally disabled children. No one liked these, and if somehow the unfit could vanish, society would be much happier.
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immigration restriction act,henry fairfield osborn,alexander graham bell,immigration restriction act of 1924,american eugenics movement,david starr jordan,roosevelt alexander,thomas hunt morgan,coercive legislation,faulty genes,american museum of natural history,james watson,hermann muller,eugenicists,social circumstances,stanford university,immigrat,seed producer,museum of natural history,incomplete knowledge
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