Teaching Guides

Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement

Teaching Guide. By Alan Stoskopf. Facing History and Ourselves. 2002.
Resources for teaching about the eugenics movement in the United States.

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1900
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Science

membershipWhile Race and Membership focuses on early 19th century America, constant use of these ideas in American media, including television, magazines, and most advertisements, underscores a need for understanding eugenics.

Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement, published by Facing History and Ourselves, is a sourcebook with replications of historical texts, references to popular culture, current laws, and issues in the bio-ethical debate.


  • Science Fictions & Social Realities
  • Race, Democracy & Citizenship
  • Evolution, ‘Progress,’ and Eugenics
  • In an Age of ‘Progress’
  • Eugenics and the Power of Testing
  • Toward Civic Biology
  • Eugenics, Citizenship, and Immigration
  • The Nazi Connection
  • Legacies and Possibilities

ISBN: 9780961584191 | Facing History and Ourselves