Database: Eugenics in College Biology Textbooks

TitleDateAuthor(s)PublisherEugenics 0-5 An Introduction to General Biology1904Sedgwick, William T. (M) MIT; Wilson, Edmund B. (M) ColumbiaHenry Holt and Company, New York0 No mention Biology1912Conn, Herbert William (M) WeslyanSilver, Burdett, Boston0 No mention The Principles of Biology1913Hamaker, J. I. (M) Randolph-Macon Woman’s CollegeP. Blakiston’s Son and Company, Philadelphia 0 No mention Biology1914Calkins, Gary N. (M) ColumbiaHenry…

Ellsworth Huntington’s Fantastic Stories of Racial Superiority and Relative Humidity

April 17, 2011 Ellsworth Huntington was one of the early twentieth century’s most prolific science writers. The author of 28 books, contributor to 29 others and author of more than 240 articles, [1] Huntington was a climatic determinist who held that geography was the “basis for history.” [2] Civilization according to Huntington owed its rise…

Biology’s Bomb: Graphing “Explosive” Population Growth in Cold War Textbooks

January 29, 2011 Prior to World War II, America’s protectors thought the country’s innocence could be guarded at its gates. Citizen biologists saw the nation’s border as kind of cartographic diaphragm, not entirely reliable in individual instances, but adequate to the task of containing the pool of potential breeders. But conflict had led to contact,…