The Progressive Era and The History of Eugenics in the United States

April 10, 2019
Teaching the Progressive Era
New York

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The Progressive Era and The History of Eugenics in the United States

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. These policies had an impact on educational and public policies, including immigration policy, during the Progressive Era.  In this two day workshop we will explore the ideas and practices that emerged from the Eugenics Movement in the early part of the 20th century and the echoes and legacies of this movement today.

In this workshop, you will:  

  • Examine the Eugenics Movement in an historical context by exploring primary sources from the 20th century
  • Discuss the echoes and legacies of the Eugenics Movement today
  • Receive a free copy of Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement  

After this workshop you will:

  • Receive coaching and support as you implement the lessons in your classroom
  • Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and books & DVDs accessible through our free online lending library

CTLE hours are available for this workshop. 

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
April 10, 2019 - April 11, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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