February 2010


Vermont was one of many states that passed so-called eugenics laws in the 1920s and ’30s to try to prevent citizens labeled feeble-minded from having children.

via Vermont Lawmakers May Apologize For Eugenics Program – News Story – WPTZ Plattsburgh.

Two times in this brief story what took place in the ’20s and ’30s is referred to as “so-called eugenics”.  As shameful as it is that these programs existed and were part of state laws, calling it “so-called” does little to expose the terrifying mind set behind the movement and that it targeted more than just “feeble-minded” citizens.

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Vermont-born Stephen Douglas (of Lincoln-Douglas fame) said:

“My friends, Vermont is the most glorious spot on the face of this globe for a man to be born in, provided he emigrates when he is very young.”

via Vermont Tiger: Lincoln February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865.

Given the emigration of Vermont students this seems to resonate today.

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