Davenport's Dream: 21st Century Reflections on Heredity and Eugenics
Davenport's Dream: 21st Century Reflections on Heredity and Eugenics is a cautionary tale in two parts. One part is a facsimile of the first and one of the most influential textbooks on human genetics to appear in the 20th century, Charles Davenport's 1911 book Heredity in Relation to Eugenics. The other is a series of reflections by 12 eminent scholars on questions about ourselves and our humanity that preoccupied Davenport and continue to challenge us today - the meaning of genetic variation, the sources of mental illness, the influence of nature versus nurture, and the processes of human evolution. Charles Davenport was an early convert to Mendelism and one of the first to argue that Mendel's laws governed all human characteristics, supporting this view with hundreds of painstakingly collected family pedigrees. His book Heredity in Relation to Eugenics provided an academic basis for the eugenics movement in the United States, a campaign to encourage the gifted to procreate and to "cut off the lower levels" and. "dry up the springs that feed the torrent of defective and degenerate protoplasm," believed to underlie the characteristics of criminals, the "feeble-minded," and the poor.
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Ch I Heredity in Relation to Eugenics
Ch II The Method of Eugenics
Ch III The Inheritance of Family Traits
Ch IV The Geographical Distribution of Inheritable Traits
Ch V Migrations and Their Eugenic Significance
Ch VI The Influence of the Individual on the Race
Ch VIII Eugenics and Euthenics
Genetics and Equality
Genetics and Human Nature
What follows is a facsimile
Reprint 1911 Front Matter
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