From UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand

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“In the 1930s, America was infatuated with the pseudoscience of eugenics and its promise of strengthening the human race by culling the ‘unfit’ from the genetic pool.  Along with the ‘feebleminded,’ insane and criminal, those so classified included women who had sex out of wedlock (considered a mental illness), orphans, the disabled, the poor, the homeless, epileptics, masturbators, the blind and the deaf, alcoholics, and girls whose genitals exceeded certain measurements.  Some advocated euthanasia, and in mental hospitals, this was quietly carried out on scores of people through ‘lethal neglect’ or outright murder.  At one Illinois mental hospital, new patients were dosed with milk from cows infected with tuberculosis, in the belief that only the undesirable would perish.  As many as four in ten of these patients died.  A more popular tool of eugenics was forced sterilization, employed on a raft of lost souls who, through misbehavior or misfortune, fell into the hands of state governments.  By 1930…California was enraptured with eugenics, and would ultimately sterilize some twenty thousand people.”

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