Full Reading List on Eugenics History and Modern Effects

Purpose and Overview

This list is a tool for learning about the eugenics movement’s history and modern effects. I want more people to know this information. I want to aid in the ability to recognize and reject modern eugenics. The history is also something that should be more widely taught.

Print means I found them in books or do not know if they are online and available for download. I have marked academic articles as such. Some of these may not be 100% accurate. My area of knowledge is mostly on the United States and a few other areas. It is hard to confirm the news sources, or the academic premise, for some articles. For this reason, some sections have fewer links/sources. If anyone finds these articles cannot be verified, please let me know. A source appearing here does not mean I agree or endorse everything in that source.

Last updated March 26, 2017

Sections (navigation links coming soon)

  • Primers on Origins, and Eugenics in the U.S. and Nazi Germany
  • Secondary American Eugenics Sources – Academic Print
  • Secondary American Eugenics Sources – Non-Print
  • Primary American Eugenics Sources – Non-Print
  • American Eugenics: 1927 Buck v. Bell U.S. Supreme Court decision (all sources)
  • Eugenics in Nazi Germany (all sources)
  • Czech Eugenics (all sources)
  • Canadian Eugenics (all sources)
  • Australian Eugenics (all sources)
  • Russian Eugenics (all sources)
  • Mexican Eugenics (all sources)
  • Irish Eugenics (all sources)
  • Swedish Eugenics (all sources)
  • Hungarian Eugenics (all sources)
  • Modern Effects of Eugenics, Genomics, and the Future
  • Other Bibliographies and Reading Lists


Primers on Origins, and Eugenics in the U.S. and Nazi Germany

Secondary American Eugenics – Academic Print Sources

  • Better for All the World – Harry Bruinius
  • Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
  • Eugenic Nation – Alexandra Minna Stern
  • In the Name of Eugenics – Daniel J. Kevles
  • War Against the Weak – Edwin Black
  • Inheriting Shame: The Story of Eugenics and Racism in America –Steven Selden
  • A Disability History of the United States, chapter “Three Generations of Imbeciles are Enough” – Kim E. Nielsen
  • A Century of Eugenics: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era – edited by Paul A. Lombardo
  • “A Heritage of Ableist Rhetoric in American Feminism from the Eugenics Period,” in Feminist Disability Studies, essay by Sharon Lamp and W. Carol Cleigh
  • Sterilized by the State: Eugenics, Race, and the Population Scare in TwentiethCentury North America by Randall Hansen & Desmond King

Secondary American Eugenics Sources – Non-Print Sources

Primary American Eugenics Sources – Non-Print

American Eugenics: 1927 Buck v. Bell U.S. Supreme Court decision (all sources)

Eugenics in Nazi Germany

Czech 

Canadian Eugenics (all sources)

Australian Eugenics (all sources)

Russian Eugenics (all sources)

Mexican Eugenics (all sources)

Irish Eugenics (all sources)

Swedish Eugenics

Hungarian Eugenics

  • Eugenics and Nation in Early 20th Century Hungary by M. Turda (book)

Modern Effects of Eugenics, Genomics, and the Future

Other Bibliographies and Reading Lists

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