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In the United States, the American Eugenics Society promoted the ratification of the world's first sterilization law, while Germany and the Soviet Union, in their efforts to build utopian societies, developed their own horrific applications. Unearthing startling archival footage and long-hidden documents, HOMO SAPIENS 1900 examines the social and political undercurrents that helped generate the often-feverish quest to build a superior race.
Monumental, astonishing! A bone-chilling and gut-wrenching history of eugenics - a.k.a racial hygiene - in the 20th century. Highly recommended. --Video Librarian
Powerful and vivid. A stark reminder of how science can be invoked for unethical purposes. --Journal of the American Medical Association
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Other sources I would recommend:
"Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy," taught by Prof. Edward J. Larsen. This is a college course available on DVD through The Teaching Company. Prof. Larsen explains the scientific theories (e.g., Lamarkianism) that are mentioned in Cohen's documentary. He also addresses the issue of eugenics.
"Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream," a fascinating and even entertaining book by Carl Elliott, a professor of bioethics at the Univ. of Minnesota.
This is where the movie really fell down for me. Was eugenics widely practised or merely a niche branch of science? While it was obviously critically important for the Nazi regime based on the mass murders conducted, I really couldn't get a sense of the ebbs and flows of scientific and popular support for the ideas behind them in the world as a whole.
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Seemed a little slow and somewhat boring to me. I'm pretty open and understanding to things but I suffered through 90 minutes of this.Published 8 months ago by Michael
Released in 2000, Cohen's film takes the viewer on a tour of Progressivism's finest days; clinically illustrating the horror that is Eugenics. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Eyesofgreen