Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement

Race and Membership: The Eugenics Movement

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Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement

Facing History and Ourselves invites you to join us for a 3-day seminar exploring 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 concept of “race”? How did ideas about “race” shape the way people thought about differences between humans? In the early 1900s, many people believed that Eugenics, or "race science," was a progressive solution to social problems. In the United States and around the world, the Eugenics movement had a profound impact on issues such as immigration, gender, race, and education and who was "fit" to belong in society.

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

After this seminar you will:

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

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


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.


Graduate level professional development units available upon request.


6.25.19 - 6.27.19
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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