Race and Membership in American History: the Eugenics Movement

July 11, 2016
Race and Membership in American History

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Race and Membership in American History: the Eugenics Movement

This seminar explores the origins of the concept of “race,” the emergence and legacy of the Eugenics movement, and the role of “race” in public policy that continues to impact the United States today.

What are the origins of the idea of “race”? How did Eugenics shape the way people thought about the differences between humans? In what ways did the emerging science of heredity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contribute to historical and contemporary discussions of race? And, ultimately, how have these ideas shaped public policy?

In this seminar, we will explore this history and its ongoing legacy in Los Angeles.

Recommended for 8th-12th grade Language Arts and History/Social Sciences teachers.

In this seminar you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
  • Explore topics such as race, class, and gender.
  • Be introduced to additional case studies for the Civil Rights Movement and the Reconstruction Era which can be strengthened by this foundational understanding of the American Eugenics Movement
  • Receive a free copy of Race and Membership in American History: the Eugenics Movement

After this seminar you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
July 11, 2016 - July 14, 2016
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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