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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.
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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