Involuntary Sterilization Of Americans With Disability (Not Even Houdini Could Hide My Wheelchair)

In the early 1900’s, American biologists Charles Davenport and Harry Laughlin were leaders of a eugenics movement that advocated involuntary sterilization of people with disability. Eugenics, a Greek term meaning “good birth”, was first used in 1883 by the English scientist Sir Francis Galton. Eugenics attempts to “improve” society through selective reproduction that increases children born to “desirable” people (positive…

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