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Charles Davenport's motivation for eugenics, James Watson

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Interviewee: James Watson. Davenport was interested in preserving the human species by saving "fit" families from having "unfit" children. James Watson discusses the founding of eugenics and explores some archival materials remaining from the Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Threat of the unfit > Founders > Davenport's interest in "fit" families)
Transcript:
Oh I think his heart was in the right direction, in possibly a narrow fashion he was really interested in the fit and wanted to protect the fit families from having unfit children. So whether you called him compassionate or not, he wanted to take care of his own breed.
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