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Preaching EugenicsReligious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement$
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Christine Rosen

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156799

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019515679X.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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Preaching Eugenics
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Christine Rosen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019515679X.003.0001

This introductory chapter describes the main themes of the book, placing them within the context of the scientific and cultural milieu from which the eugenics movement and its religious supporters emerged. It describes the science of eugenics and its founder, Francis Galton, and the 19th century scientific discoveries upon which the eugenics movement would build, including Darwinian evolutionary theory and Lamarckianism, as well as a brief overview of the conflict between religion and science, as exemplified in the work of John William Draper and Andrew Dickson White. The chapter also discusses the influence of the Progressive Movement on American culture in the early 20th century, and an overview of liberal and modernist Protestantism, Reform Judaism, and liberal Catholicism.

Keywords:   Francis Galton, Darwinian evolutionary theory, Lamarckianism, Progressive movement, Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism

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