A Historical Approach to Contemporary Issues: Race and Education in American History

Race and Membership

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A Historical Approach to Contemporary Issues: Race and Education in American History

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In the 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 educational and public policies.

Using Facing History’s resource book Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement, this workshop will explore how Americans defined citizenship and membership in the early part of the 20th century and the echoes and legacies of this movement today.

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
  • Explore topics on race and education in the early 20th century and legacies today
  • Receive a free copy of Race and Membership.

After this workshop 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



John Carroll University
The Lombardo Student Center
1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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