Harry Laughlin to Wickliffe Preston Draper
Re: Nazi Eugenics Propaganda Films
Source: Harry Laughlin Papers at the University of Missouri at
December 9, 1938
Colonel W. P. Draper,
322 East 57th Street,
New York, N.Y.
Dear Colonel Draper:
I have recently completed the manuscript for
"A Survey of the Human Resources of Connecticut" which we brought
down to October 1, 1938. Only a few manuscript copies of the report
were prepared, as the Commission has not yet released it for publication,
but I wanted you to have one copy in order that you might get
a firsthand view of some of our newer studies. In this we made
an effort towards finding which might be turned to practical use.
Our point of view was mainly biological rather than psychological
or statistical. We attacked the problem as one interested in the
conservation of the natural resources, and made our human study
parallel those which have worked out practically in the conservation
of plants, animals and agricultural resources. The chairman of
the Connecticut Commission is former U.S. Senator Frederic C.
Walcott, who is greatly interested in the work. On account of
the common interests of yourself and Senator Walcott in race betterment
and human biology, I believe that you would find each other's
acquaintanceship both enjoyable and profitable.
You will be interested to know that the
moving picture film "Eugenics in Germany" has proven very popular
with senior high school students. Up to date the film has been
loaned 28 times. Just now one copy is being used by the Society
for Prevention of Blindness in New York, and the other is in the
hands of George Smith in Plainfield, N.J., where his advanced
students in high school biology found it very interesting. Last
spring Mr. Smith used the film with one set of students, and this
year a second lot is profiting from it. A film which is run by
the school itself excites many times the interest and influence
of one seen in the "movie show," (sic!) Most of the high schools
now have projection apparatus so that films of this sort fit well
into their program. When education is expected to result in practical
long-time (sic!) race betterment, the moving picture in the school
offers a profitable medium for presenting facts.
John B. Trevor of 11 East 91st
Street, New York City, for many years has been interested in immigration
regulation for the protection of American family-stocks, and is
chairman of the Immigration Committee of the Chamber of Commerce
of the State of New York. Through his committee Mr. Trevor is
again interested in new studies and the preparation of a new paper
which his committee can use in presenting their arguments to Congress.
It is arranged that I will conduct the research and write the
report. The paper will carry some such title as "Conquest by Immigration"
or "The American Race" - this has not yet been definitely decided.
The last paper which I prepared in this series was dated 1934,
and was called "immigration Control."
Very faithfully yours,