Darwinism and American Society

Directions: Respond to the four prompts below. The overall assignment must include three to five relevant scholarly sources in support of your content.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

Wikipedia, Ask.com, ehow.com and other online information sites, encyclopedias, or dictionaries are not considered university academic sources and are NOT TO BE USED.

1. Briefly explain how each of the following contributed or detracted to the Social Darwinism or eugenics movement in America: (20-30 words each)

Count Arthur de Gobineau:

Houston Stewart Chamberlain:

Charles Darwin:

Herbert Spencer:

William Graham Sumner:

Josiah Strong:

Andrew Carnegie:

Lester Frank Ward:

2. How was Darwinism generally, and eugenics specifically, used to impact America’s immigration policies? (100-200 words)

3. Explain the three ways in which ‘survival of the fittest’ was applied to society. Provide specific examples. (200-300 words)


Social Gospel:

Gospel of Wealth:

4. What do Fundamentalist Christians believe? Why are these beliefs opposed Darwinism? Use the Keas and Dixon articles to support your answers. (100-200 words)