Making men: Enlightenment ideas of racial engineering.


This essay suggests a colonial and Enlightenment genealogy for racial ideas more commonly associated with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Nelson exposes unfulfilled pseudo-eugenic plans, focused on the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue, in which racial engineering through controlled "breeding" was seen as a solution to challenges to stability after the Seven Years' War.

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@article{Nelson2010MakingME, title={Making men: Enlightenment ideas of racial engineering.}, author={William Max Nelson}, journal={The American historical review}, year={2010}, volume={115 5}, pages={1364-94} }