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Posted By admin On July 27, 2009 @ 10:05 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Boing Boing.net [1]
Monday 27th July, 2009

Carrie McLaren is a guest blogger at Boing Boing and coauthor of Ad Nauseam: A Survivor’s Guide to American Consumer Culture [2]. She lives in Brooklyn, the former home of her now defunct Stay Free! magazine [3].

Should you ever care to delve into America’s history with eugenics, the Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement [4] is a handy thing indeed. It’s hard to believe eugenics was as popular here as it in fact was without seeing the visual evidence. The images here include Fitter Family contests [5], where white Americans competed at state fairs–much like cattle–to determine who had the best breeding. (Make sure to check out this traveling exhibit [6].) Also, lots of documents and flyers linking criminality [7] to immigrants [8] and heredity [9]. (Oh, the irony of using the swastika [10] to indicate the racial inferiority of Germans!) The interface is pretty clunky but it’s worth pecking around.

For background on the early 20th century American eugenics movement, you could do worse than my interview with historian Daniel Kelves [11].

American eugenics movement archives eugenics negroid thumb 432x377 23970 [12]

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[1] Boing Boing.net: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/07/27/american-eugenics-mo.html

[2] Ad Nauseam: A Survivor’s Guide to American Consumer Culture: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0865479879/boingboing

[3] Stay Free! magazine: http://www.stayfreemagazine.org/

[4] Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement: http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/eugenics/

[5] Fitter Family contests: http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/eugenics/view_image.pl?id=30

[6] this traveling exhibit: http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/eugenics/view_image.pl?id=5

[7] criminality: http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/html/eugenics/static/themes/12.html

[8] immigrants: http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/html/eugenics/static/images/1249.html

[9] heredity: http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/html/eugenics/static/images/1072.html

[10] using the swastika: http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/html/eugenics/static/images/1245.html

[11] interview with historian Daniel Kelves: http://www.stayfreemagazine.org/archives/22/eugenics-daniel-kevles.html

[12] Image: http://www.boingboing.net/assets_c/2009/07/eugenics-negroid-23970.html

[13] Member of Family Closely Linked to Eugenics Movement Makes Film Promoting, Among Other Things, Free Energy Technology from Aliens: http://www.prisonplanet.com/member-of-family-closely-linked-to-eugenics-movement-makes-film-promoting-among-other-things-free-energy-technology-from-aliens.html

[14] The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-horrifying-american-roots-of-nazi-eugenics.html

[15] Eugenics Movement Calls for Eco-Dictatorship Under UN Rule: http://www.prisonplanet.com/eugenics-movement-calls-for-eco-dictatorship-under-un-rule.html

[16] Rand Paul: Tea Party is like American Revolution – Occupy movement more like French Revolution: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rand-paul-tea-party-is-like-the-american-revolution-%e2%80%93-the-occupy-movement-more-like-the-french-revolution.html

[17] Rep. Denounces Ginsberg Eugenics Comment on House Floor: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rep-denounces-ginsberg-eugenics-comment-on-house-floor.html

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