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  1. Nazis duplicated many American philosophies and research in their own eugenics' programs
  2. Americans led Nazi eugenics
  3. American eugenics used as a legal defense in the post-war trials

The Nazis' race-based crimes are well documented and well-known. Most people are familiar with Adolf Hitler, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and concentration camps. Less known, however, is America's role in influencing these racial crimes - California in particular. After the American Reconstruction period, elitists and utopians responded to the influx of new workers by creating and pursuing an ideal of a blond-haired, blue-eyed Nordic race.

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