H.H. LAUGHLIN: American Scientist. American Progressive. Nazi Collaborator.
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The Eugenics Anthology – Vol #2
H.H. Laughlin was crucial for the Nazi’s crusade to breed a “master race.” This American positioned himself to have a significant effect on the world’s population. During his career Laughlin:
- Wrote the “Model Eugenical Law” copied by the Nazis to draft the Nuremberg racial decrees.
- Appointed as an “expert” witness for the U.S. Congress when the 1924 Immigration Restriction Act was passed. The 1924 Act would prevent Jewish refugees from reaching the safety of U.S. shores during The Holocaust.
- Provided the “scientific” basis for the 1927 Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell that made “eugenic sterilization” legal in the United States. Over 80,000 Americans were sterilized against their will as a consequence.
- Defended Hitler’s Nuremberg decrees as “scientifically” sound in the American press in order to dispel the criticism of Nazi eugenics.
- Created the political organization that ensured that “scientific racialism” would survive the negative taint of The Holocaust and be instrumental in the Jim Crow era of American legislative racism.
- H.H. Laughlin was given an honorary degree from Heidelberg University by Hitler’s government, specifically for these accomplishments. Yet, no one has ever written a book on Laughlin. Despite the vast number of books about The Holocaust, Laughlin is mostly unknown outside of academic circles.
H.H. Laughlin was funded by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C. This author was given permission to survey Laughlin’s archived correspondence at the institution. These documents had not been seen for decades. They are the backbone of this book as they evidence Laughlin’s collaboration with Hitler’s henchmen. The story told by these long-forgotten documents intensifies at the juncture when the Carnegie leadership came to the horrible realization that one of its most recognized scientists was supporting Hitler’s regime.
ONGOING ORIGINAL RESEARCH:
Truman State University, MO – Pickler Memorial Library – Special Collections – Harry Hamilton Laughlin.
American Philosophical Society, PA – Genetics and Eugenics Collection.
California Institute of Technology, CA – Register of the E. S. Gosney Papers.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C. – Eugenics Records Office Files.
Columbia University, NY – Rare Book & Manuscripts, Bu
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