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In the 1920s, the American Eugenics Society held "Fitter Families for American Firesides" contests at state and county fairs around the United States. White, middle-American families would compete with each other in Human Stock Pavilions, submitting detailed paperwork containing family histories, and were judged by a panel looking to identify the ideal breeding stock for preserving the "Nordic" backbone of America. Medals like this one, proclaiming "Yea, I have a goodly heritage," were awarded contest winners in a variety of categories (small, medium and large families, most perfect baby, etc.). Exhibits in the Human Stock Pavilions also implored Americans to take action to cut off the bloodlines of those deemed "unfit" to breed.

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