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Coming To Terms With Vermont's Dark History Of Eugenics

Patients and staff at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury around 1900.
Courtesy, Vermont State Archives
Patients and staff at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury around 1900. The State Hospital was one of the sites that participated in sterilization and institutionalization as part of Vermont's eugenics movement in the early twentieth century.

Vermont's prominent role in the American eugenics movement of the early 20th century is an often overlooked part of the state’s history.  The state's brutal history of sterilization, forced institutionalization, and racist pseudoscience is the focus of a new academic paper by our guest.

We're joined by Dartmouth College senior Mercedes de Guardiola. Her thesis covering the eugenics movement in Vermont is "Blood has told": The Eugenical Campaign in the Green Mountain State.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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