VPR News: Vermont Reads: Leaving Eugenics Behind

VPR News: Vermont Reads: Leaving Eugenics Behind.

VPR interview (full interview)

(Wertlieb) You mention eugenics in Vermont, not a happy chapter in the state’s history.

(Bolduc) Well, not a happy chapter in United States history. But it was very well documented in Vermont, and because we’re small enough, and because the organization was small enough, and because the organization was small enough, we were probably able to document it better than other states were. But we have a book done in, it started in the 1920s and 30s by Elin Anderson a sociologist from Harvard who wrote a book called “We Americans, A Study of Cleavage in a Yankee City.” And then chronicling that was the work of UVM Zoologist (Henry F.) Perkins called “Breeding Better Vermonters.” That was a master’s thesis out of the University of Vermont history department, that was just released a little while ago by University Press of New England. It’s quite a good book, but it’s also very frightening in what we went through in Vermont, in the 1920s and 30s trying to identify races in Vermont and trying to essentially breed better Vermonters…

(Illuzzi) “Our predecessors passed a law, which as a matter of public policy, deemed Native Americans as undesirable.”…

(Illuzzi) “We actually took testimony in the early 90s from individuals who were told by their grandparents: ‘Never admit you are Abenaki, never admit you are Indian, because if state officials find out about it, you may end up getting sterilized.”

full interview – http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/90752/

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