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Re: “The American eugenics movement after World War II (part 1 of 3)

Again, thanks to everyone for reading.

It's a hard to respond to people who judge a 3-part series after reading only the first part. And these are excerpts from my book, not the entire book.

Margaret Sanger and abortion are huge topics – and many books have already been written about them, with more in the works, I'm sure. I'm trying to bring some new – and previously unpublished – information to light.

One thing I'm curious about is local response to the documents I cite that specifically address race and eugenics in NC, and the support for the NC eugenics program by UNC-CH and people in New York and New Jersey.

Do we have any readers who lived in NC during the 1950s to 1970s with thoughts?

Part Two will be online soon, with more documents.

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Posted by Kevin Begos on 05/25/2011 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The American eugenics movement after World War II (part 1 of 3)

Thanks to everyone for reading the story and commenting.

A couple of points: this series is not attempting to tell the story of eugenics before WW II. That's been done over and over. It presents some new research and documents that you won't find anywhere else.

This series – and my book – challenge the assumption that eugenics died out in the 1930s.

Regarding Margaret Sanger, she did support eugenics, but she was most influential in the 1920 and 1930s.

Finally, Coretta Scott King gave the Planned Parenthood speech on MLK's behalf. I don't think it is likely that MLK's lifelong partner in the fight for Civil Rights misrepresented his views. His niece was 15 years old at the time of the speech, so hardly the best guide to his thoughts.

Eugenics was (and is) a terrible idea. I'm trying to make the point that it succeeded in part because it promised simple answers to complex problems. And people from all walks of life were attracted to that – until the 1970s.

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Posted by Kevin Begos on 05/23/2011 at 8:15 PM

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