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date: 25 February 2021

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In the late nineteenth century, as fears of contamination latched onto eugenic anxieties about racial degeneration, the medical regulation of foreigners attempting to enter the United States became particularly intense. Ideas about contagion and degeneration characterized the medical regulation of immigrants around the turn of the twentieth century, and many of these ideas remain with us today.

Keywords: eugenics, Ellis Island, progressivism, mental testing, race, Kallikak family

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