This outline suggests several ways for students to make the critical connection between the American Eugenics movement and the emergence of Nazi race science during the 1920s and 1930s. While distinct, both movements relied upon social and political policy makers to bring their ideology to bear upon American and German citizens. Readings from both Holocaust and Human Behavior and Race and Membership in American History are utilized.
The historical setting of these activities spans the time period between the late 18th century and the early 20th century. During this period, the intellectual movement known as The Enlightenment took hold in both America and Europe. While this movement gave birth to many of the ideas that are central to the founding of the United States, such as, equality and representative democracy, it also spawned the belief that humankind could be divided into distinct and unequal races. Attempts to scientifically validate a belief in "racial" differences produced new ideas and policies, which ultimately surfaced in the 20th century as Eugenics and race science.
Pair students from the two main research groups (United States & Germany) Have each pair prepare four essay questions for an exam for the entire class. Of the four essay questions, two should address the overarching themes and the connections that were made on days three and four, the other two questions should be more specific to what was explored in the separate groups. Have students come to class the following day with a list of Jeopardy questions that they have developed. The teacher should review the questions in order to check for student's comprehension of the material. Have students play the game as a class. An additional assessment of student comprehension would be to have the students do a "Quick Write" in response to questions posed by the teacher