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Michigan History Throwback: Eugenics and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg

Posted at 8:00 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 10:28:08-04

LANSING, Mich. — In our Michigan History Throwback Segments we aim to share things about Michigan History that you may not have known.

We are back at the Library of Michigan to speak with Kendel Darragh, one of the Reference Librarians at the Library of Michigan and she will be sharing some history on a name that you may already know, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg.

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was an American medical doctor, nutritionist, inventor, health activist, and businessman. Dr. Kellogg also created Corn Flakes with his brother Will Keith Kellogg who went to found the Kellogg Company. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was also was a huge proponent of Eugenics.

If you do not know what Eugenics is, Dictionary.com shares the following definition:

the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.

Get ready to learn a bit more about Dr. Kellogg, but also Michigan's connection to the Eugenics movement.

If you missed any of our past Michigan History Throwback segments you can find them on the FOX 47 Website.