Eugenics in 30 U.S. States

Know anyone who was judged in a “human” contest at an agriculture fair during the l930″s? Eugenics, as in Germany, was alive in over 30 U.S. states. In North Carolina,
victims have been documented and the legislature may soon award each one $50,000.


Because the Lebensborn program was for the creation of superior Aryans, I’ve been following eugenics in the United States.
When I learned last year that Bev Perdue, governor of North Carolina, wanted to compensate victims of her state’s program of several decades until the l970’s, I phoned her office and was told that no compensation had been authorized.
The next thing that happened was a call by the state for documentation of any person who had been sterilized against their wishes.
A few weeks ago, it was announced that each victim would receive fifty thousand dollars. A bill now is before the legislature to make the money available.
The history of eugenics in the U.S.
has some humor in it. During the l930’s, as an off-shoot of the Better Baby contests, several agriculture fairs created “human” pavilions to judge the characteristics of people. Not much seems to be available about the criteria needed to win. If anyone knows of someone who participated, it would be fascinating to hear how they were judged.
In the U.S. a sociology professor at the University of Vermont tells us that the compulsory sterilization laws adopted by over 30 states led to more than 60,000 individuals deemed to have a disability or to belong to a socially disadvantaged group.
While Germany has taken steps to commemorate the horrors of its past, including compulsory sterilization, there is not much
accounting of where and how this happened in U.S. states.
Here’s a link to more information
about each state’s participation:
http://www.uvm.edu/-lkaelber/eugenics/

Author: lebensbornnovel

There at the base of a mountain, I live in a rustic cabin with my engineer/writer husband and loving cat, Alfie. I am a former journalist and pr consultant. In my blog I attempt to capture a sliver of WW history, the Lebensborn program to create a Master Race, and to add newsworthy tidbits which are 'somewhat' relevant to this subject.

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