Historians and ethnic studies and legal scholars Natalia Molina, Alexandra Minna Stern, Alan Kraut and Maybell Romero comment on recent whistleblower allegations that ICE detention facilities forced migrant women to have hysterectomies. American racism has long showed itself around questions of who gets to control their own bodies.
by Brianna Theobald
The fight against involuntary sterilization was one of many intertwined injustices rooted in a much longer history of U.S. colonialism. And that history continues to this day.
by Alexandra Minna Stern and Tony Platt
20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979.
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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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