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Forced sterilization nurse: 'I can see now that it was so wrong' Celia Vandegrift jokes that she is "senile" at the age of 87, but her memory is sharp when it comes to the Lynchburg State Colony.

Forced sterilization nurse: 'I can see now that it was so wrong'

For decades, Vandegrift worked as a nurse at the government-run facility, which was once called the State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. The place was home to epileptics, the mentally disabled, and people otherwise deemed socially inadequate by the government. In her role as a nurse, Vandegrift witnessed what may have been thousands of forced sterilizations -- part of a government effort to rid society of the “defective,” and create a super race. "It's what our legislators wanted at the time and what our bosses wanted, even the President of the United States,” Vandegrift told America Tonight, the first time she has spoken publicly about her involvement in one of America’s leading eugenics programs.

“You trusted all those people, so I went right along with them. " Faces of the Feebleminded. RACE - The Power of an Illusion. Introduction to Race. Activity 1.

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In some large cities, one out of every three residents was foreign-born. Many Amercians felt threatened by the newcomers. House Committee on Immigration In 1920 the House Committee on Immigration held hearings on the "immigration problem. " Faces of the Feebleminded. Which color is to be tabooed next? The Library of Congress generally does not own rights to material in its collections and, therefore, cannot grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute the material.

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Artificial flower making at 8 cents a gross. Youngest child working is 5 years old. Location: New York, New York (State) Title: Artificial flower making at 8 cents a gross.

Artificial flower making at 8 cents a gross. Youngest child working is 5 years old. Location: New York, New York (State)

Youngest child working is 5 years old. Location: New York, New York (State) Creator(s): Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer Date Created/Published: 1908 January. Making neckties in the kitchen of Mrs. Rothenberg, 170 Allen St., N.Y., Room 15. Back of the camera was the little inner bed-room shown in photo 2876[A] in which the father works at his machine. The eleven year old girl and thirteen year old boy work on t. Larger images display only at the Library of Congress JPEG(41kb) | JPEG(96kb) | TIFF(52.4mb) Item is from this group color digital file from b&w original print JPEG(39kb) | TIFF(1.5mb) Item is from this group View the MARC Record for this item.

Making neckties in the kitchen of Mrs. Rothenberg, 170 Allen St., N.Y., Room 15. Back of the camera was the little inner bed-room shown in photo 2876[A] in which the father works at his machine. The eleven year old girl and thirteen year old boy work on t

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Marie and Albert Kawalski. 615 S. Band St., Baltimore, Md. Albert is 10 and Marie 11 years old. They worked, with mother, last winter, shucking oysters for Varn & Beard Packing Co., Young Island, S.C. (near Charleston). Mrs. Kawalski did not have things r. The Library of Congress generally does not own rights to material in its collections and, therefore, cannot grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute the material.

Marie and Albert Kawalski. 615 S. Band St., Baltimore, Md. Albert is 10 and Marie 11 years old. They worked, with mother, last winter, shucking oysters for Varn & Beard Packing Co., Young Island, S.C. (near Charleston). Mrs. Kawalski did not have things r

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