Start Date

27-4-2020 9:00 AM

End Date

27-4-2020 10:00 AM

Disciplines

American Politics | History | Psychology | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Subjects

Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) -- Influence, Social Darwinism -- United States -- History, Eugenics -- United States -- History

Abstract

While Margaret Sanger made great strides in the crusade for legalization and open access to birth control for women, groups paired her work with ideologies such as Social Darwinism to arm the eugenics movement throughout the Twentieth-century. The eugenics movement was a culmination of racism and newly found scientific theories which led a crusade to purify the American population through reproductive cherry-picking on the basis of race. One of the primary ways that this group attempted to weed out “undesirable” races within the American population was through birth control as well as sterilization. These two movements - birth control and eugenics - while originally separate, collided between the 1920’s and the 1960’s and resulted in the use of birth control to reduce the reproduction of African Americans as well as the poor working class within the United States.

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The Use of the Birth Control Movement as a Eugenics Weapon, 1920's-1960's

While Margaret Sanger made great strides in the crusade for legalization and open access to birth control for women, groups paired her work with ideologies such as Social Darwinism to arm the eugenics movement throughout the Twentieth-century. The eugenics movement was a culmination of racism and newly found scientific theories which led a crusade to purify the American population through reproductive cherry-picking on the basis of race. One of the primary ways that this group attempted to weed out “undesirable” races within the American population was through birth control as well as sterilization. These two movements - birth control and eugenics - while originally separate, collided between the 1920’s and the 1960’s and resulted in the use of birth control to reduce the reproduction of African Americans as well as the poor working class within the United States.