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Eugenics exhibit at public fair, 1926

Eugenics exhibit at public fair, 1926

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Eugenics exhibit at public fair. Display titled 'Some people are born to be a burden on the rest', with flashing lights indicating the rate at which money is spent to care for the mentally ill, the overall birth rate, and the rate at which 'high grade' people are born. At lower centre is a poster for the Fitter Families contest, judged using eugenics criteria. This display, dating from 1926, was part of the public education carried out by the American Eugenics Society (AES, founded 1923). Eugenics is the controversial practice of selectively improving the genetics of human populations. The AES was criticised for their racist assumptions and support of forced sterilizations.

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