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Kathryn Ryan interviews Adam Cohen: the origins of eugenics

RNZ National, Nine to Noon, 19 September 2016

Kathryn Ryan interviewed Adam Cohen, author of Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck. “He lays out the history of American eugenics and its occasionally surprising proponents – which include several of the country’s most famous presidents and Supreme Court justices.”

Would people be surprised to hear who some of the proponents were?

Absolutely. Here in the United States, it was some of our finest people. Theodore Roosevelt, the great, progressive president, Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor and the presidents of Harvard and Stanford universities. Many socialists and progressive thinkers in England as well. It was actually a very popular, progressive movement, supported by a lot of the elites.

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