The Secret History of American Eugenics

It was little over one hundred years ago, on March 9, 1907, that Indiana’s General Assembly passed one of America’s first actual compulsory sterilization laws, aimed at “confirmed criminals, idiots, imbeciles, and rapists”. Indiana also had a number of sterilizations before the law was even passed. These sterilizations were carried out by a Dr. Harry Sharp in the Indiana State Reformatory on male inmates to “cure” masturbators. Continue reading The Secret History of American Eugenics

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