Saturday, June 22, 2013

Teddy Roosevelt and race suicide

I've been teaching about eugenics for several years, but I never knew, until I read this piece by Katha Pollitt, that President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent.

Read a bit about this here. And here is his famous 1905 speech on American Motherhood.

Library of Congress' summary of this image:

Concerning Race Suicide: “The Idle Stork” on the left has little to do as the upper class chooses not to make babies, whereas “The Strenuous Stork” is being worked to death by a population explosion among the lower class.