Racist Tendencies

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Eugenicists were interested in many topics, including race. It was their belief that certain physical characteristics, such as lighter skin and hair, were more highly valued and desired. These desired characteristics were characteristics of Nordic peoples (Northern European people characterized by tall stature, bony frame and light hair and skin). This led eugenicists to create reproductive guidelines that were biased against those without Nordic characteristics. To convey these guidelines and research, eugenicists created displays at conferences. One such conference was the Third International Congress of Eugenics, which took place in New York in 1932. These displays served as visual reminders of some of the traits eugenicists attempted to rid from the gene pool as well as the current characteristics shared by those people.

Image Source: International Congress of Eugenics, South African Negroes, 1932, Laughlin Black Photo Album , HQ 750 A3 16 1932D Pt.1, page 30, Pickler Library, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri.
International Congress of Eugenics, Mava Indians and Jamaican Negroes, 1932, Laughlin Black Photo Album, HQ 750 A3 16 1932D Pt.1, page 31, Pickler Library, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri.

Other International Event Documents:

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People Behind the Movement

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Range of Eugenical Interests