In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many people believed that eugenics, or “race science,” was a progressive solution to social problems. Followers of eugenics argued that protecting “racial purity” was essential in creating a healthy nation. In the United States and around the world, eugenics had a profound impact on the development and advancement of the modern nation state.
Using Facing History’s resource book Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement, this seminar will explore the implications of nationhood being defined biologically in the early part of the 20th century and the echoes and legacies of this movement today.
We are particularly excited to partner with the Center for Genetics and Society in the development and delivery of this seminar.
In this seminar you will:
Explore themes such as “inclusion/exclusion,” sterilization laws, eugenics, and education and social policies of the early 20th century
Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical and literacy skills
Receive a free copy of Race and Membership
Recommended for 6-12th grade U.S. history, world history, American studies, or humanities teachers committed to implementing a four-week (or more!) Facing History unit. Teachers of elective courses covering immigration or race are also welcome.
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
Credits are available towards professional development hours.