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Eugenics Demonstration on Wall Street

Eugenics Demonstration on Wall Street | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Four impoverished men hired by "The Medical Review of Reviews" carry signs with the eugenics slogans, "I am a burden to myself and the State. Should I be allowed to propagate?," "I must drink alcohol to sustain life. Shall I transfer the craving to others?," "Would prisons and asylums be filled if my kind had no children?," and "I cannot read this Sign. By what right have I children?"  This demonstration was one of a series of events organized by Frederic Robinson and Edward Bernays of The Medical Review of Reviews' Sociological Fund Committee including the eugenics play "Damaged Goods," the motion pictures "The Inside of the White Slave Trade" and "The Drug Terror," and meetings such as the "Symposium on Euthanasia" and "Symposium on the Sterilization of the Unfit."
DESCRIPTION
Four impoverished men hired by "The Medical Review of Reviews" carry signs with the eugenics slogans, "I am a burden to myself and the State. Should I be allowed to propagate?," "I must drink alcohol to sustain life. Shall I transfer the craving to others?," "Would prisons and asylums be filled if my kind had no children?," and "I cannot read this Sign. By what right have I children?" This demonstration was one of a series of events organized by Frederic Robinson and Edward Bernays of The Medical Review of Reviews' Sociological Fund Committee including the eugenics play "Damaged Goods," the motion pictures "The Inside of the White Slave Trade" and "The Drug Terror," and meetings such as the "Symposium on Euthanasia" and "Symposium on the Sterilization of the Unfit."
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:2003
Creation Date:October 27 1915
Creator Name:Underwood & Underwood
City:New York City
County:
State:New York
Collection Name:Classified File
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:CF 6728
Original Dimensions:10 x 8 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Original Underwood & Underwood caption: "Human Interrogation Points Enlisted by Eugenic Forces. A curious looking group of men invaded Wall Street the community of sleek bankers, spick and span brokers and well groomed clerks and office boys, carrying signs on which some very pertinent questions were asked. As intended by the Eugenic Forces which employed the men to parade the financial district, they were soon the center of a mass of a thousand. The signs explain themselves. One of the bearers said he was employed by a medical society at 206 Broadway. This is the office of the editor of the Medical Review of Reviews who recently offered a prize of $1000 for the 'perfect eugenic marriage.'"
SUBJECTS
Coats
Hats
Suits (Clothing)
Central business districts
Cities and towns
Sidewalks
Children
Men
Moustache
Outdoor photography
Demonstrations
Social problems
Signs and signboards

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