Sermon #57 exerpt: "Eugenics", AES Sermon Contest 1927, #7
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American Philosophical Society, AES, 57506: Am3
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Sermon #57 exerpt:  &quote;Eugenics&quote;, AES Sermon Contest 1927, #7

[page number] -7- [end page number] Thousands of poor mothers are giving up their lives largely to the care of the feeble-minded child, but these mothers are unable to protect them from becoming a menace to the community. Therefore, it would be far more humane and economical to segregate them in institutions than to allow them to remain in their homes, and to become ultimately paupers and parents of other generations like themselves. A lot of machinery would have to be created to segregate the thousands of feeble-minded now at large, but it would be a wonderful step forward in solving our "poor" and "dependent" problem for the future. The main thing to remember about segregation is that it is not so much putting people away from society as separating the sexes. But acute defectives, habitual criminals and the like will have to be given institutional care throughout life. Certainly the trend of the times calls for the preventing of the reproduction of those people who are recognized as criminal, anti-social and of a low grade of inferiority. There is every reason why Christian people should step into the lists to agitate and enforce restriction of the raising of increasing generations of these people by effective segregation of the sexes. [number within text] II. [end number within text] [crosshead within text]ENCOURAGE THE BETTER SORT OF PEOPLE TO DO THEIR SHARE IN RAISING CHILDREN. [end crosshead] One of the chief requirements for race survival is that the superior part of the race shall produce as many or more children than the inferior. Eugenics does not necessarily seek to bread a superior caste but it does seek to increase the number of leaders especially in the face of declining birth rate among native Americans. The marriage rate and the number of children among college graduates, both men and women, is found to be

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