Eugenic ideology was deeply embedded in American popular culture during the 1920s and 1930s. For example, on a Saturday night, high school students might go to the cinema to see The Black Stork — a film that supported eugenic sterilization. In church on Sunday, they might listen to a sermon selected for an award by the American Eugenics Society — learning that human improvement required marriages of society's "best" with the "best."
American eugenic crusades proliferated into a worldwide campaign, and in the 1920s came to the attention of Adolf Hitler. Under the Nazis, American eugenic principles were applied without restraint, careening out of control into the Reich's infamous genocide.
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