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This book asks if science can be divorced from politics. The eugenics movement of the early 20th century accepted as a given that genetic differences among races, not environment, accounted for differences in wealth and performance. Supporters of eugenics insisted that charges to the contrary lacked scientific basis and were politically motivated. The British and US eugenics movements had an ideology little different from that of the Nazis. The eugenicists believed that in Jewish schemes for world domination, Jews and communists inspired insurrections by lying to blacks, leading them to believe they were equal to whites, and used distorted social science to manipulate the Supreme Court into overturning a racial hierarchy that science had proven was grounded in nature. Of course, opponents of eugenics made the opposite claim. Race is a social construction, invented to justify the domination of one people by another and ungrounded in science. Both sides often cited the same evidence, including studies of IQ and race, with one camp arguing that blacks lacked the capacity to profit from the education appropriately given to whites, and the other taking this as proof that lack of access to the education available to whites prevented blacks from realizing their potential. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. Y. R. Magrass University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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