Charles Fremont & Eugenics
In the early 1920s, Minneapolis physician Charles Fremont began a campaign to introduce eugenics policies in Minnesota. Eugenics was a movement to improve the human race by preventing “unfit” individuals from breeding. Fremont founded the Minnesota Eugenics Society in 1923, and in 1925 his lobbying efforts led to the passage of a law that allowed the sterilization of “feeble-minded” individuals in the state’s mental institutions. Despite these early successes, Fremont’s efforts fell apart as Hitler’s racist programs led to international condemnation of eugenics.