Eugenics: the story of a really bad idea

From Black Sheep, 9:00 am on 14 November 2016
Logo of the Second International Congress of Eugenics, 1921

Logo of the Second International Congress of Eugenics, 1921 Photo: Public Domain

Did you know that after the First World War New Zealand established an official eugenics board? We tend to think of eugenics as being something the Nazis invented but really it was embraced all around the world in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

It was particularly popular among the intellectual classes. Some of our most progressive institutions, the National Council of Women, Federated Farmers and the Plunkett Society all either promoted some form of eugenics or had members who did.

In this episode of Black Sheep historian and disability researcher Hilary Stace traces the history of New Zealand's eugenicists.