Kansa fitter family,
        1925Yea I have goodly heredity

Eugenics in America

    During the height of the eugenics craze, many state fairs organized competitions in which human families were judged and sometimes displayed in the same manner as prize livestock. The photo shows the winners in the 'Medium' family size category (2 ~ 4 children), Kansas State Fair 'Fitter Family' Contest, 1925. Their award reads "Yea, I have a goodly heritage." It is remarked that the winners were invariably white and northern European

    In pre-war Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, mothers were encouraged to have large numbers of children, and those with the largest families were given state awards and special privileges. In Germany especially, this policy served a state purpose in increasing the quantity of potential military manpower.

Images from the Eugenics Archive; text material © 2022 by Steven M. Carr