Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. 2 Eugenical News Applied Eugenics. At last we have a book that attempts to cover the field of practical eugenics. The authors are well known for their interest in. PAUL H. DOUGLAS. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO. Applied Eugenics. By PAUL POPENOE and ROSWELL HILL. JOHNSON. New York, The Macmillan Company .

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For example, one of his assistants was James Dobsonwho founded Focus on the Family in Along with his advocacy of sterilization programs, Popenoe was also interested in using the principles of German and Austrian marriage-consultation services for eugenic purposes.

This was the second offering of a master’s degree by the Institute.

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Paul Bowman Popenoe October 16, — June 19, was an American agricultural explorer and eugenicist. With Popenoe as his scientific workhorse, Gosney intended to study the sterilization work being done in California and use it to advocate sterilization in other parts of the country and in the world at large.

This would culminate in a number of works, most prominently their joint-authored Sterilization for Human Betterment: After attending Occidental College for two years and Stanford University for his Junior year Majoring in English with coursework in biologyPopenoe left school to care for his father and worked for several years as a newspaper editor.

This led Popenoe to ally increasingly with religious conservatives—even though he was not religious himself. Can This Marriage Be Saved? GoddardMadison Grant euyenics, Harry H. It is only one of many measures the state can and must use to protect itself from [the human race’s] deterioration. Over time he became more prominent in the field of counseling. Thenceforth, he commonly referred to himself as “Dr.

DavenportHenry H. He was an influential advocate of the compulsory sterilization of the mentally ill and the mentally disabled, and the father of marriage counseling in the United States. ByPopenoe had become well-established enough to co-author with Eugsnics Hill Johnson a popular college textbook on eugenics Applied Eugenicsedited by Richard T. Views Read Edit View history.

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For a while, Popenoe’s two major interests, eugenics and marriage counseling, ran parallel, and he published extensively on both topics. It closed in the s, not long after Paul Popenoe’s death. A Summary of Results of 6, Operations in California, in Under the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities, he was charged with rooting out liquor and prostitution in an effort to reduce the high incidence of venereal disease amongst U.


This work would become a popular text for the advocacy of sterilization, as it purported to be an objective study of the operations in the state and concluded, not surprisingly, that rigorous programs for the sterilization of the “unfit” were beneficial to all involved, including the sterilized patients.

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Library of Congress number: As Popenoe maintained his traditional values e. Laughlinand Gosney, among others. He moved to California as a teen. He then worked briefly as an agricultural explorer collecting date specimens in Western Asia and Northern Africa for his father’s nursery in California, along with his younger brother Wilson Popenoe, a horticulturist. One of the greatest dangers in the use of sterilization is that overzealous persons who have not thought through the subject will look at it as a cure-all, and apply it to all sorts of ends for which it is not adapted.

His introduction to the book catalogued some of the statistics of the American Institute of Family Relations over its first 30 years.

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In contemporary US society of the third millennium, the approach Popenoe developed to marriage counseling—educational and directive rather than medical or psychological—is coming back fugenics fashion. Shortly before his death, Popenoe transferred his papers to the University of Wyoming. Under his direction, the Institute gave intensive training to over marriage counselors and shorter courses around the U.

In the mids Popenoe became interested in human breeding, editing the Journal of Heredity from untilwith a special attention to eugenics and social hygiene.

Sterilization for Human Betterment: In he received an honorary Sc.

The Institute was described in as “the world’s largest and best known marriage-counseling center” with a staff of seventy. For many years he had a nationally syndicated newspaper column promoting marriage and family life.

Popenoe favored a popular—rather than academic—approach.

At the same time, thought leaders in the helping professions tended more and more to favor self-fulfilment over preservation of the family. During the s he served as a member of the American Eugenics Society ‘s board of directors along with Charles B.


The Negro race is germinally lacking in the higher developments of intelligence. Bi-monthly service bulletin of the American Institute of Family Relations: Retrieved from ” https: The Institute published a bulletin entitled “Family Life” monthly or bimonthly for decades. InCalifornia had enacted its first compulsory sterilization law which allowed for sterilization of the mentally ill and mentally retarded in its state psychiatric hospitals.

An elementary knowledge of the history of Africa, or the more recent and much-quoted example of Haiti, is sufficient to prove that the Negro’s own social heritage is at a level far below that of the whites among whom he is living in the United States Nicholas, The Century Co. Aghast at the divorce rate in US society, Popenoe came to the conclusion that “unfit” families would reproduce out of wedlock, but truly “fit” families would need to be married to reproduce.

American Heritage Center — University of Wyoming. Elywhich outlined his vision of a eugenics program that primarily relied on the segregation of “waste humanity” into rural institutions where they would perform manual labor to offset the cost of their institutionalization.

Gosneya wealthy California financier, and the Human Betterment Foundation to promote eugenic policies in the state of California. They remained married until her death on 26 June Given the role of clergy in responding to crisis in families, Popenoe increased focus in training the clergy over many years. As presented in a biography, the focus areas of his counseling approach and the American Institute of Family Relations included couples’ attitudes towards marriage, preparation including sexuality educationmoral values, a focus on action, and mutual understanding between the sexes.

As public interest in eugenics waned, Popenoe focused more of his energies into marriage counseling, and by the time of the public rejection of eugenics at the end of World War IIwith the revelation of the Nazi Holocaust atrocities, Popenoe had thoroughly redefined himself as primarily a marriage counselor which by that time had lost most of its explicit eugenic overtones.