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American Eugenics Movement

The American Eugenics Movement was developed by Sir Francis Galton, first using the term 'eugenics' in 1883 within his description of biologically improved genes in human races. This led to the belief that through selective breeding, the human race could be improved in the overall "quality" meaning that humans could control and direct their own evolution. It wasn't until the discovery of Mendel's law leading to the widespread interest in the idea of breeding specific traits leading to a superior genetic individual that eugenic gained support in the United States.