People Behind the Movement

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The scope of eugenics spread far beyond the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, as representatives from nations all over the world came to meet and discuss the findings and future of eugenics. By gathering research, reports, and information on all the studies conducted around the globe, eugenicists were better able to gain insight into where the subject was moving. The “chief purpose,” of eugenics, according to the minutes of the Second International Congress of Eugenics, was to take “preventative measures against the spread of race diseases.” The term racial diseases meant the spread of race mixing between people and how this, according to eugenicists, had a negative impact on society. This illustrates the state of the field of international eugenics during the second congress that occurred in 1921. Harry H. Laughlin, Charles C. Davenport, Major Leonard Darwin, and Henry F. Osborn, major actors in the worldwide eugenics movement, were all present at the conference.

Image Source: Report of The Second International Congress of Eugenics, Panoramic View of the Second International Congress of Eugenics, 1921, Laughlin Special , HQ 750 A3 I6 1921D, page 1, Pickler Library, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri.


Other International Events Documents:

South African Negroes Exhibit

Racist Tendencies

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Range of Eugenical Interests