Good breeding

In the early 1920s progressive high schools and YMCAs took part in the Keeping Fit Campaign. The caption on one Keeping Fit poster asked: “What Kind of Children?” and went on to explain: “Children get their basic qualities by inheritance. If they are to be strong, keen, efficient and great, there must be good blood back of them.” Youth were to consider not only the “good blood” of a future mate but also that of his or her extended family. This propaganda was meant to correct what Margaret Sanger in 1922 termed “unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity.”

 

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