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By Paul A. Lombardo

In 1907, Indiana handed the world's first involuntary sterilization legislation in line with the speculation of eugenics. In time, greater than 30 states and a dozen international nations swimsuit. even though the Indiana statute used to be later declared unconstitutional, different legislation limiting immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds have been nonetheless in impression within the U.S. as overdue because the Seventies. A Century of Eugenics in the US assesses the heritage of eugenics within the usa and its prestige within the age of the Human Genome undertaking. The essays discover the early help of obligatory sterilization by means of medical professionals and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the criminal and social demanding situations to sterilization; and the customers for a eugenics circulate basing its claims on glossy genetic technology.

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The physical conditions of the prison and its inmates, suffering from endemic disease and malnourishment, appalled Sharp. Many prisoners died of tuberculosis, typhus, and typhoid fever. The kitchen was inadequate to prepare proper meals, and prisoners ate a watery swill better suited for feeding pigs. At night, inmates tossed their excrement into a trough that ran between the cells; in the morning, a guard would hose the urine and feces out of the trough. Sharp documented the horrid abuses he witnessed in biannual reports to the governor, prepared in the prison print shop.

Smith, Dr. Charles P. Emerson, Dr. George F. Edenharter, and Monsignor Francis H. Gavisk. ╇Lantzer and Stern, “Building a Fit Society”; Meetings, December 17, 1915, March 17, 1916, Minutes Committee on Mental Defectives 1915 folder, Committee on Mental Defectives, Indiana State Archives, Indianapolis; Field Worker Files, Series VII, box 1, Eugenics Record Office Papers, Manuscript Collection 77, American Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia; F. D. and F. H. Streighthoff, “Indiana: A Social and Economic Survey” (Indianapolis: W.

With the help of legal scholars, Laughlin designed his own Model Sterilization Act, crafted to survive constitutional challenge. S. 20 In the case of Buck v. Bell, Justice Holmes spoke for an eight-member majority, concluding that “three generations of imbeciles are enough” and upholding the constitutionality of state-sanctioned compulsory eugenic sterilization. Sharp played no direct role in this drama. By 1927, his role had shifted from eugenics advocate-physician to a practicing physician in a veterans hospital.

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