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Teaching DBQ: Social Darwinism

DBQ: Social Darwinism

Toward the end of the 19th century, some intellectuals began to use Darwin’s scientific concepts to justify social inequality. These thinkers applied Darwin’s theory of natural selection to understanding human society. These “Social Darwinists” believed that social inequality was the result of some humans being more fit, or capable, than others. This line of thinking shaped American public policy and social interactions.

William Graham Sumner, Andrew Carnegie, Jacob Riis, Friedrich Nietzsche
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How would Andrew Carnegie and William Graham Sumner have interpreted the photographs of Jacob Riis?
RH.2 - Main Ideas, RH.7 - Visual Information, RH.8 - Evaluate Argument, US.07 - Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)


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