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Harry H. Laughlin, best known as the expert on sterilization in the United States, drafted a sterilization law model for states to consider adopting.

Laughlin identified people with deafness as a target for sterilization. However, none of the states that adopted sterilization laws in the United States included the deaf on the list.

What is the rationale for leaving deaf people out of state eugenics programs?

Why was deafness, a condition typically a category eligible for sterilization, never actually in the law?

This project seeks to explore the processes and rationale behind these practices.

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Targeting America's Defectives: the Exclusion of Deaf People from State Sterilization Program

Brian H. Greenwald, PhD

SLCC 1301 and HMB S235E S242

(202) 250-2905

(202) 651-5635

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