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Eugenics: The Science of Human Improvement by Better Breeding, by Charles B. Davenport
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<i>Eugenics: The Science of Human Improvement by Better Breeding</i>, by Charles B. Davenport

[left side] Eugenics Restrictions be prevented from procreation - either by segregation during the reproductive period or even by sterilization. Society must protect itself; as it claims the right to deprive the murderer of his life so also it may annihilate the hideous serpent of hopelessly vicious protoplasm. Here is where appropriate legislation will aid in eugenics and in creating a healthier, saner society in the future. We come now to the practical question, how can the necessary studies be made? It is believed that the Committee of Eugenics may well be entrusted with organizing the work along the lines that have been successfully begun or it would co-operate with any body that seemed better able to organize the work. But it can do nothing without funds. The committee does not solicit funds - but it stands ready to do the nation's business by making clear the nation's need to legislators and to philanthropists. One cannot fail to wonder that, where tens of millions have been given to bolster up the weak and alleviate the suffering of the sick, no important means have been provided to enable us to learn 34 [right side] A Plan for Further Work how the stream of weak and susceptible protoplasm may be checked. Vastly more effective than ten million dollars to "charity" would be ten millions to Eugenics. He who, by such a gift, should redeem mankind from vice, imbecility and suffering would be the world's wisest philanthropist. 35 [end]

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