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Schuchman Documentary Center
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Eugenics and the American Experience
Hall Memorial Building S242
The leading proponent of sterilization in the United States was Harry Hamilton Laughlin, superintendent of the Eugenics Record Office (ERO) at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y. Those states that adopted sterilization laws usually modeled them after Laughlin’s conceptual framework.
Laughlin’s list of “socially inadequate classes” included “the deaf” as a target for sterilization. Yet none of the states that adopted sterilization laws in the United States included deaf people. What was the rationale for leaving deaf people out of state eugenic programs?
This research project seeks to answer questions critical to U.S. history:
Examining these questions, the Center will develop a virtual exhibit that maps the emergence of eugenic laws in the United States.
Special Assistant to Provost Research
Poorna Kushalnagar, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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