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In 1938, Connecticut planned a door-to-door eugenic survey to identify who was socially, genetically, and eugenically fit to remain in the state. Officials were inspired by the actions of Nazi Germany, which in turn had been inspired by American eugenics. So-called “unfit” Connecticut citizens were to be expelled to camps in the Ozarks for eventual extermination. Governor Wilbur Cross lost his 1938 re-election bid, and the plans were abandoned—but Connecticut has never apologized. Drawn from Edwin Black’s bestselling and award-winning War Against the Weak.

Presented for the Biotechnology Department’s Bioethics Course at Johns Hopkins University.

In 1938, Connecticut planned a door-to-door eugenic survey to identify who was socially, genetically, and eugenically fit to remain in the state. Officials were inspired by the actions of Nazi Germany, which in turn had been inspired by American eugenics. So-called “unfit” Connecticut citizens were to be expelled to the Ozarks, placed in camps, and then exterminated. Governor Wilbur Cross lost his 1938 re-election bid, and the plans were abandoned—but Connecticut has never apologized. Drawn from Edwin Black’s bestselling and award-winning book War Against the Weak.

Edwin Black returns to Johns Hopkins University Bio-Ethics for a riveting lecture on American Eugenics based on his bestselling War Against the Weak.

Eugenics was America’s shameful, decades-long attempt to create a White, blond, and blue-eyed Master Race to dominate all others. More than 67,000 Americans were forcibly sterilized. This pseudo-scientific campaign of fake medicine and pseudo-genetics was exported to-and embraced by-Nazi Germany, where it was implemented as a core tenet of the Holocaust. Public health officials combined with intellectual elites to commit genocide here and abroad. The Carnegie Institution for Science has issued a statement acknowledging and apologizing for its role in eugenicide. Its parent, the Carnegie Corporation, has issued a similar statement. Both appear to have been posted in August 2020. Edwin Black, author of the bestselling War Against the Weak, drills down.

Eugenics was America’s shameful, decades–long attempt to create a White, blond, and blue-eyed Master Race to dominate all others. More than 67,000 Americans were forcibly sterilized. This pseudo-scientific campaign of fake medicine and genetics was exported to—and embraced by—Nazi Germany, where it was implemented as a core tenet of the Holocaust. Public health officials combined with intellectual elites to commit genocide here and abroad. Edwin Black, author of the award-winning bestseller War Against the Weak, is joined by Amy Carney, editor at H-Eugenics and author of Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS, John Railey, investigative reporter and co-author of the Against their Will series, and eugenics program survivor Elaine Riddick, in a special event jointly sponsored by the global academic exchange H-Eugenics.