Fitter Families of Georgia
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Some families were proud to make known their pedigrees of intellectual/artistic achievement, while others sought advice on the eugenical fitness of proposed marriages. The Fitter Families Contests held at state fairs throughout the United States during the 1920s showed that American eugenicists were literal in their aim to apply principles of agricultural breeding to human beings. An extensive pedigree was constructed for each competing family – including full physical exams and IQ tests for each member – and winning families were awarded trophies and medals.
eugenics, family studies
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