Fitter Families contestants at Georgia State Fair
Some families were proud to make known their pedigrees of intellectual/artistic achievement, while others sought advice on the eugenical fitness of proposed marriages. The Fitter Families Contests held at state fairs throughout the United States during the 1920s showed that American eugenicists were literal in their aim to apply principles of agricultural breeding to human beings. An extensive pedigree was constructed for each competing family - including full physical exams and IQ tests for each member - and winning families were awarded trophies and medals. (DNAi location: Chronicle > Threat of the Unfit > The fit and unfit)
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James Watson talks about Charles Davenport's promotion of eugenics in America.
Fitter Families contestants at Georgia State Fair, Savannah
James Watson talks about methods used by Davenport and the Eugenics Record Office.
Guinea pigs showing color inheritance, part of a Fitter Families exhibit, 1926.
James Watson talks about how early studies in human genetics related to the eugenics movement.
James Watson examines a family pedigree in which many suffer from mental disorders.
Better Babies contestant, with trophy, Louisiana State Fair, Shreveport
Fitter Families exhibit and examination building, Kansas State Free Fair, Topeka, 1920.
Newspaper article from the Savannah Press about a family that won a Fitter Families Contest.
"School Principal and Family Take Fair Top Honors," Savannah Press