Originally published 07/24/2013
Alexandra Minna Stern and Tony Platt
20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979.
Originally published 08/26/2004
Sterilization--or more particularly, compulsive sterilization--became an issue in America with the rise therein of Eugenics, the name given by the Englishman Francis Galton in 1883 to his newly created science of inquiry. Eugenics had as its purpose race betterment. Eugenics began by asking questions: Why were men what they were? What caused poverty? Why did blue eyes persist in generations along with alcoholism and insanity? The infant science proposed to answer these questions by,
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