This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 Excerpt: ...We must stop by preventive means; there are no curative agencies. The general problem of racial betterment is broader than the out' we have set ourselves here. The program is far-reaching and looks not only to the reduction of unfit social strains, but also to the increase of those proved and socially valued traits of character in man. This problem of racial betterment is called in modern phrase, eugenics. Our purpose in this discussion has been limited. We have, therefore, discussed the single phase of the general problem,--the elimination of the defective strains. Many answers and Amos W. Butler, President's Address before National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Minneapolis, 1907. tWhite and Jellitte, Nervous and Mental Diseases, v. 1, p. 150. JGlenn. John M., Director Russell Sage Foundation: "The Church and Social Work." N. Conf. C. C., Seattle, 1910. solutions have been offered, among them segregation has appealed to society's feelings of humanity and fair play with greatest force. Restrictive marriage laws and customs are important, and educative, but fail to reach the irresponsible and degenerate till too late. The "socially inadequate" are so named just because they are without the influence of law and order. Eugenic education, better environment, and systems of matings purporting to remove defective traits do not affect the impure blood and inheritable factors with the surety necessary to eliminate defects. Laissezfaire or natural selection, euthanasia, neo-malthusianism, and polygamy are either impossible under the protective forces of modern social conditions or are ideas repugnant to present-day ideals of religion and humanity. Of all the solutions suggested, the two most advocated are sterilization and segregation....
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