‘Better Babies’ Contests Pushed for Much-Needed Infant Health but Also Played into the Eugenics Movement

January 21, 2019

(Smithsonian) – These human contests started out by focusing on babies and young children, but soon entire families would also be judged at fairs for their lineage and cumulative flawlessness. The contests initially sought to amuse and promote wellness, but from their inception, they also lent popular exposure to the study of eugenics, which, in the early part of the 20th century, became increasingly acceptable as an enlightened science.

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