Explore the ways Americans have defined citizenship at various times in history and the implications of those definitions for our democracy today. Using our resource book Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement, this seminar will focus on the early 1900s, a time when many people believed that eugenics, or race science, was the only way to address social problems like poverty and crime. In the United States, it had a profound impact on educational and social policies; in Nazi Germany, this new branch of scientific inquiry was ultimately used to justify mass murder.
Following this seminar, participants will receive complete access to Facing History’s educator resources, including downloadable unit plans, lessons, and online conversations. In addition, participants are invited to borrow videos, DVDs, and books from Facing History’s lending library. Each participant is assigned a Facing History Program Associate, who is available to provide ongoing support services.