Eugenics posters at public fair, 1920s

Eugenics posters at public fair, 1920s

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Credit: AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Eugenics posters at public fair. Posters used by the American Eugenics Society (AES) to promote their views on 'unfit human traits' (left) and 'the triangle of life' (right). The claim is made that unfit traits can be removed with three generations of eugenic marriages. The triangle illustrates the combination of the three inputs of environment, heritage and education, with eugenics aiming to affect heritage. Eugenics is the controversial practice of selectively improving the genetics of human populations. The AES (founded 1923) was criticised for its racist assumptions and support of forced sterilizations. Photographed circa 1929 at the Kansas Free Fair, Kansas, USA.

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