The social and economic origins of genetic determinism: a case history of the American Eugenics Movement, 1900–1940 and its lessons for today

  title={The social and economic origins of genetic determinism: a case history of the American Eugenics Movement, 1900–1940 and its lessons for today},
  author={Garland E. Allen},
Eugenics, the attempt to improve the genetic quality of the human species by ‘better breeding’, developed as a worldwide movement between 1900 and 1940. It was particularly prominent in the United States, Britain and Germany, and in those countries was based on the then-new science of Mendelian genetics. Eugenicists developed research programs to determine the degree to which traits such as Huntington's chorea, blindness, deafness, mental retardation (feeblemindedness), intelligence, alcoholism… 
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