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Science of eugenics - Freshman Essays

Science of eugenics

Before you begin this assignment, be sure to read the newspaper article. Considering that eugenics became the foundation and justification for

Adolf Hitler’s beliefs and goals, and the horrific actions they resulted in, it will not take very long at all for you to get a feel for it. And no, you do not have to include Hitler in your essay.

Directions: The “science” of eugenics, as it was practiced from its founding in the mid-19th century until well into the mid- 20th century, resulted in one of the more shameful periods in the history of psychology as well as in the history of the United States. 1. Trace psychology’s involvement in the development of the “science” of eugenics. Be sure to refer to the contributions of Charles Darwin, The Zeitgeist, Francis Galton, James McKeen Cattell, Herbert Spencer, Henry Goddard, and intelligence testing. 2) Discuss the impact of eugenics in the United States by first discussing the events that took place on Ellis Island and then by tying in the newspaper article posted by Dr. Kennerley (newspaper article).

One and a half pages, cite when necessary.