sterilizations became fairly rare the sterilizations as of January 1, 1921 (Laughlin, p. 52). These competitions were simply a continuation of the Better Baby contests that promoted certain physical and mental qualities. But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn't originate with Hitler. Stanford President David Starr Jordan originated the notion of "race and blood" in his 1902 racial epistle "Blood of a Nation," in which the university scholar declared that human qualities and conditions such as talent and poverty were passed through the blood. law. groups An investigation revealed that the surgeries were all performed in the South, and were all performed on black welfare mothers with multiple children. terms of the those requiring Human genetics became an enlightened endeavor in the late 20th century. for 37 call for parental consent in the case of the sterilization of minors In "Mein Kampf," published in 1924, Hitler quoted American eugenic ideology and openly displayed a thorough knowledge of American eugenics. [38] “Here, at last, was a method of preventing unwanted pregnancies by an acceptable, practical, and inexpensive method,” wrote Wallace Kuralt in the March 1967 journal of the N.C. Board of Public Welfare. nature, were targeted in the early years of the program. and Ethics. [7] In 1906 J.H. that was created under 30, 1916, about half were characterized as “manic depressive”, with enacted on April 26, 1909, by Governor than seeing sterilization as a way to prevent the degeneration of the More than just providing the scientific roadmap, America funded Germany's eugenic institutions. © 2020 Rewire News Group. Carrie's child, Vivian, was judged to be "feebleminded" at seven months of age. collect As a result, progressives departures from normal mentality”, and those with sexually-transmitted The 1909 law was aimed specifically at those in [31][32] The PPIE was a fair devoted to extolling the virtues of a rapidly progressing nation, featuring new developments in science, agriculture, manufacturing and technology. By identifying so-called defective family trees and subjecting them to lifelong segregation and sterilization programs to kill their bloodlines. society, not the benefits for the individual (Braslow, p. 41). Some, including Davenport, felt that contraception would increase sexual promiscuity among the very classes of people they sought to restrict. Upholding Virginia's sterilization statute provided the green light for similar laws in 30 states, under which an estimated 65,000 Americans were sterilized without their own consent or that of a family member. Public acceptance in the U.S. was the reason eugenic legislation was passed. Later, the focus shifted