Jukes family members, by Arthur Estabrook, about 1910
In general, eugenicists were lax in defining the criteria for measuring many of the "traits" they studied, and they were too quick to force their data to fit into simple Mendelian templates. American eugenicists sought genetic explanations of human behavior to the almost total exclusion of environmental or social circumstances. Ominously, "pauperism" and "social dependency" were interpreted as genetic problems, rather than a financial ones. In retrospect, eugenicists' pedigrees of faulty genes are striking examples of lack of education and opportunity. (DNAi location: Chronicle > Threat of the Unfit > Epilogue)
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In general, eugenicists were lax in defining the criteria for measuring many of the "traits" they studied, and they were too quick to force their data to fit into simple Mendelian templates.
While positive eugenics highlighted the achievements of "fit" families, negative eugenics focused on "unfit" families who were burdened with degenerate traits such as feeblemindedness, alcoholism, pauperism, and criminality.
James Watson talks about The American eugenics movement and bad science
James Watson talks about the wrongs of the eugenics movement.
James Watson talks about methods used by Davenport and the Eugenics Record Office.
Examine some family pedigrees to determine inheritance of traits.
James Watson talks about The promotion of the American Eugenics movement by prominent Americans.
Arthur Estabrook was perhaps the most successful of all the field workers trained at the Eugenics Record Office.
James Watson talks about the relationship between science and the eugenics movement.
The Jukes in 1915, by Arthur H. Estabrook, selected pages (13)