The Eugenics Archive

Havelock Ellis' Little Essays of Love and Virtue

Helen Keller's Letter on the Bollinger Baby

Clarence Darrow's "The Eugenics Cult"

Franz Boas' "Eugenics"


Further Reading: Secondary Sources

Allen, Garland E. “The Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor, 1910-1940: An Essay in Institutional History.” Osiris 2(1986): 225–64.

Brave, Ralph, and Kathryn Silva. “Exhibiting Eugenics: Response and Resistance to a Hidden History.” The Public Historian 29(2007): 33–51.

Burke, Chloe S., and Christopher J. Castenada. “The Public and Private History of Eugenics: An Introduction.” The Public Historian 29(2007): 5–17.

Cot, Annie L. “‘Breed out the Unfit and Breed in the Fit’: Irving Fisher, Economics, and the Science of Heredity.” The American Journal of Economics and Sociology 64(2005): 793–826.

Cullen, David. “Back to the Future: Eugenics—A Bibliographic Essay.” The Public Historian 29(2007): 163–75.

Farber, Paul. Mixing Races: from Scientific Racism to Modern Evolutionary Ideas (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

Haller, Mark. Eugenics: Hereditarian Attitudes in American Thought (New Brunswick, N.J.: 1963).

Kevles, Daniel J. In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity. (Harvard University Press, 1985)

Kimmelman, Barbara A. “The American Breeders’ Association: Genetics and Eugenics in an Agricultural Context, 1903-13.” Social Studies of Science 13(1983): 163–204.

Kuhl, Stefan. The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism and German National Socialism (New York, 1994).

Largent, Mark A. Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States. (Rutgers University Press, 2011).

Larson, Edward J. Sex, Race, and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995).

Lovett, Laura L. “‘Fitter Families for Future Firesides’: Florence Sherbon and Popular Eugenics.” The Public Historian 29(2007): 69–85.

Ludmerer, Kenneth M. Genetics and American Society: An Historical Appraisal (Baltimore, 1972).

Osgood, Robert. “Education in the Name of ‘Improvement’: The Influence of Eugenic Thought and Practice in Indiana’s Public Schools, 1900-1930.” Indiana Magazine of History 106(2010): 272–99.

Paul, Diane. “Eugenics and the Left.” Journal of the History of Ideas 45(1984): 567–90.

———. Controlling Human Heredity, 1865 to the Present. (Humanities Press, 1995).

———. The Politics of Heredity: Essays on Eugenics, Biomedicine, and the Nature-Nurture Debate. (SUNY Press, 1998).

Pickens, Daniel. Eugenics and the Progressives (Nashville, 1968).

Price, Gregory N. and William A. Darity Jr., “The economics of race and eugenic sterilization in North Carolina: 1958-1968,” Economics and Human Biology 8(2010): 261-272.

Reilly, Philip R. The Surgical Solution: A History of Involuntary Sterilization in the United States (Baltimore, 1991).

Rosen, Christine. Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement. (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Selden, Steven. “Transforming Better Babies into Fitter Families: Archival Resources and the History of the American Eugenics Movement, 1908-1930.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 149(2005): 199–225.