[Marxism] Important Book

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Mon Feb 2 09:20:13 MST 2004

"War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a
Master Race." by Edwin Black, Four Walls-Eight Windows Press, N.Y., 2003
The scholarship in this book is breathtaking and it is important for
understanding present-day forces and their origins and intentions. From
the jacket cover:
"In "War Against the Weak", award-winning investigative journalist Edwin
Black connects the crimes of the Nazis to a pseudoscientific American
movement of the early twentieth century called eugenics. Based on
selective breeding of human beings, eugenics began in the laboratories
on Long Island, but it ended in the concentratin camps of Nazi Germany.
Ultimately, over 60,000 'unfit' Americans were coercively sterilized, a
third of them after Nuremberg declared such practices crimes against
It started in 1904, when a small group of U.S. scientists launched an
ambitious new race-based movement that was championed by our nation's
social, political, and academic elite. Funded by America's leading
corporate philanthropies, such as the Carnegie Institution and the
Rockefeller Foundation, and entrenched in classrooms across America,
eugenicists sought to eliminate social 'undesirables.' Their methods:
forced sterilization, human breeding programs, marriage prohibition, and
even passive euthanasia. Perhaps more shocking--eugenics was sanctioned
by the Supreme Court. Cruel and racist laws were enacted in twenty-seven
U.S. states, and the supporters of eugenics included such progressive
[sic] thinkers as Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Sanger, and Oliver Wendell
The victims of eugenics were poor white people from New England to
California, immigrants from across Europe, Blacks, Jews, Mexicans,
Native Americans, epileptics, alcoholics, petty criminals, the mentall
ill, and anyone else who did not resemble the blond and blue-eyed Nordic
ideal the eugenics movement glorified. Through international academic
exchanges, American eugenicists exported the movement worldwide. It
eventually caught the fascination of Adolf Hitler.
To write "War Against the Weak", Edwin Black led a team of fifty
researchers in dozens of archives in four countries, generating some
50,000 documents. In this rogorous, comprehensive, briliantly told story
that spans a century, readers will discover the chilling truth of how
scientific rationales that drove Nazi doctors were first concocted by
'scientists' at the Carnegie Institution in New York; how the
Rockefeller Foundation's massive financial grants to German scientists
culminated in Mengele's heinous experiments at Auschwitz; how, after
World War II, eugenics was reborn as human genetics; and why confronting
the history of eugenics is essential to understanding the implications
of the Human Genome Project and twenty-first-century genetic
Jim C.
James M. Craven
Blackfoot Name: Omahkohkiaayo-i'poyi
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