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Antonyms for eugenics

the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating)

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Supporters of the eugenics program emphasized the necessity of stamping out hereditary taint if the race was to survive.
Does that mean there's a Eugenics Caucus in the Legislature, or perhaps a House Eugenics Alliance?
Far from being simply antithetical, the relationship between feminists and the eugenics movement, from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the Second World War, is one of complexity and variety.
Oklahoma and the Near Triumph of American Eugenics (Norton, 2008), resulted from the "intellectual seduction" of eugenics--or reckless but well-intended science gone awry.
They successfully popularized notions of eugenics and encouraged pronatalism (at least in "fit" families), and did so in a rural setting (always taking place at state fairs).
Francis Galton, the cousin of naturalist Charles Darwin, generally is credited as the thunder of the eugenics movement, but the crusade also drew direct inspiration from Darwin himself, who complained in his book The Descent of Man that civilized societies undermined natural selection by caring for the poor.
1822: Francis Galton, founder of a new science called eugenics, was born in Birmingham.
Haller in Eugenics: Hereditarian Attitudes in American Thought and Daniel Kevles with In the Name of Eugenics have traced the sorry story of sterilization that embodied coercive eugenics in North America in the first half of the twentieth century.
Browne covers Darwin's lifelong ill health, religious ideas, eugenics, Victorian capitalism, the furor following the publication of the Origin, paleontology, other contemporaneous scientists and theologians, Darwin's later books, and finally his death in 1882.
Influenced by the international eugenics movement, backed by current genetic theory, promoted by influential, well-respected and educated prominent citizens, and fueled by racist sentiments these initial calls for marriage licensing soon transformed into a movement focused on the passage of sexual sterilization legislation.
The synthesis of misapplied ideas, picked out from the work of Mendel, Malthus, Darwin, and Galton, provided the rhetoric needed to bring about negative eugenics through birth control campaigns that continue today.
CHICAGO, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fathers' Rights attorney and advocate Jeffery Leving called a plea deal in a criminal case mandating the vasectomy of a Virginia dad "outrageous" and a form of eugenics during a HuffPost Live segment on Tuesday morning.
The eugenics movement, beginning in the late 19th century, sought to improve the human race by discouraging the reproduction of those thought to have undesirable traits.