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    Winter Rabbit

    Many states, and many countries, had eugenics laws.

    In the 1930s it was the wave of the future.  

    The country which went furthest at enacting eugenics into law was Nazi Germany.  For this they were praised in the 1930s by many admirers worldwide, including scientists and officials of many governments.  

    The Nazis deliberately attempted to carry the eugenic programme to its logical conclusion: genocide survived only by a Master Race and a few undermen allowed to exist as slaves.

    After the war, the theories and practices of eugenics came to be discredited and repudiated by most of the world.  In some places it took longer, such as in South Africa and some corners of the US federal and state governments.  

    In the US, the civil rights movement of the 50s, 60s and 70s drove the repeal of eugenics laws and related government programs.

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