Social Darwinism and the Eugenics Movement in the U.S. and North Carolina

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Social Darwinism and the Eugenics Movement in the U.S. and North Carolina In the U.S. and around the world, Social Darwinism and the Eugenics movement began to take over society as we know it. During the Victorian Era there were several classical theorist that hypothesized on social structure and its social function. Which laid the ground work to a structural-functional approach. After the War Between the States, the disturbed economic system and infiltration of green horns started coming to the United States. Rapid fluctuations from these foreigners remained this way until WWI. As the economy became more uncertain and poverty began to rise, social inequalities became more visible to people in America. The popular idea of Social Darwinism was used to try and explain these inequalities. Brought on by the social-conflict approach. The Eugenics Movement sought to eradicate this population by forced sterilization, condemning the poor and not of the well-born part of society. Many states in the U.S. legalized forced sterilization. North Carolina approved by the Eugenics Board and written into law in 1933 started its journey into a very shameful era. Leaving populations of citizens with scars for the rest of their life. The Supreme Court got involved and gave ethics and understanding to the way Eugenicists were treating people on the fringe of society. It still wasn’t enough to stop these harsh and cruel punishments people were given. Today we are trying to amend for the past especially in North Carolina. Governor Mike Easley issued a statement, “To the victims and families of this regrettable episode in North Carolina's past, I extend my sincere apologies and want to assure them that we will not forget what they have endured." We as a culture thought it was normal at the time. Will the victims in this case ever forget? I think not.
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