American Experience: The Eugenics Crusade DVD

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The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely - and largely unknown - campaign to breed a “better” American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control. Populated by figures both celebrated and obscure, The Eugenics Crusade is an often revelatory portrait of an America at ... More
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The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely - and largely unknown - campaign to breed a “better” American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control. Populated by figures both celebrated and obscure, The Eugenics Crusade is an often revelatory portrait of an America at once strange and eerily familiar.

American Experience: The Eugenics Crusade A hybrid derived from the Greek words meaning “well” and “born,” the term eugenics was coined in 1883 by Sir Francis Galton, a British cousin to Charles Darwin, to name a new “science” through which human beings might take charge of their own evolution. The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely - and largely unknown - movement that turned the fledgling scientific theory of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control. Perhaps more surprising still, American eugenics was neither the work of fanatics, nor the product of fringe science. The goal of the movement was simple and, to its disciples, laudable: to eradicate social ills by limiting the number of those considered to be genetically “unfit” - a group that would expand to include many immigrant groups, the poor, Jews, the mentally and physically disabled, and the “morally delinquent.” At its peak in the 1920s, the movement was in every way mainstream, packaged as a progressive quest for “healthy babies.” Its doctrines were not only popular and practiced, but codified by laws that severely restricted immigration and ultimately led to the institutionalization and sterilization of tens of thousands of American citizens. Populated by figures both celebrated and obscure, The Eugenics Crusade is an often revelatory portrait of an America at once strange and eerily familiar.

Producer: WGBH
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Company: A 42nd Parallel Films Production for American Experience, WGBH
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2018
Rating: TV-14
Narrator: Corey Stoll
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 114 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: English
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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larry
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5.0 star rating
06/24/22
past is today
Review by larry on 06/24/22 review stating past is today
detailed incite of a view that persists to this day
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Evil E.
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5.0 star rating
04/30/22
Understand the underlying racism in America
Review by Evil E. on 04/30/22 review stating Understand the underlying racism in America
Science of genetics was used to put forth a theory of the superiority of the white race. It lead to 60,000 Americans being sterilized in the early 20th century. This story should be told in high schools.
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Juanita R.
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5.0 star rating
04/11/21
Eugenics
Review by Juanita R. on 04/11/21 review stating Eugenics
Fascinating yet Disturbing We should show this to high school students!
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Lover T.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Excellent teaching on Eugenics starting at the root
Review by Lover T. on 07/17/20 review stating Excellent teaching on Eugenics starting at the root
I saw this on PBS and ordered it because I enjoy teaching about secular humanism and eugenics is a pea in the same pod. While they do mention Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, it was a very brief mention. Truth is she wrote a pamphlet called The Breeding of the Thoroughbred which made a huge impression on Hitler and gave him the idea of exterminating the Jews along with anyone he objected to. Anyone who has watched this program would know that it was white people who were mostly aborted or sterilized by other white people here in America. It was not blacks as so many believe. In the program they tell of a black man who, he himself, thought eugenics would be a good thing to implement among the blacks. If you dont believe me watch the DVD.


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