Who Said It?
This “Not-so-famous” quote reflects the beliefs from a movement in history.
Can you figure out who said it?
Some day we will realize that the prime duty, the inescapable duty of the good citizens of the right type is to leave his or her blood behind him in the world; and that we have no business to permit the perpetuation of citizens of the wrong type. The great problem of civilization is to secure a relative increase of the valuable as compared with the less valuable or noxious elements in the population . . . . The problem cannot be met unless we give full consideration to the immense influence of heredity . . . I wish very much that the wrong people could be prevented entirely from breeding; and when the evil nature of these people is sufficiently flagrant, this should be done. Criminals should be sterilized and feebleminded persons forbidden to leave offspring behind them . . . The emphasis should be laid on getting desirable people to breed.
Now you have the challenge of figuring out who said the above-mentioned quote. Read the choices below, and select the appropriate option from the lists of people and movements. Place an X in the space to identify who you think made the comment and explain your choice in the space below.
_____ Adolf Hitler, speaking at a Nazi rally in the 1930s, in Germany.
_____ Theodore Roosevelt, representing the “enlightened views” of millions of Americans during his Presidency.
_____ Robert La Follette, Progressive reformer from Wisconsin, speaking in the interest of the common people.
Why did you choose the individual that you did?