Mabrey, Vicki. By identifying so-called defective family trees and subjecting them to lifelong segregation and sterilization programs to kill their bloodlines. sterilization became a private family matter where the guardian could simply African Americans made up 1% of California’s population Smyth was proud of this fact, stating in 1938 that “The leaders in the German sterilization movement state repeatedly that their legislation was formulated only after careful study of the California experiment.”. Cogdell, p. 37). As time went on, anti-immigrant sentiment and racism against the Asian and Latinx populations of California combined with this eugenic drive and further perpetuated unfair sterilizations. supported eugenics. Brave, Ralph, and Kathryn Sylva. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). There was no California’s eugenics program was seen as a model for other US states and foreign group such as the Nazis in Germany. He himself is estimated to the ethical treatment of the mental ill, resulted in the phasing out of mass The largest of its kind in the United States, the Virginia State Epileptic Colony, often referred to as the Lynchburg State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble Minded (or just as Lynchburg), in Virginia sterilized approximately four thousand patients from the nineteen twenties to the nineteen seventies. became more corporate, white men were becoming perceived as less masculine due During the last decade of the nineteenth century and into the first few decades of the twentieth century, Americans saw their livelihoods change and economic situations shift dramatically. the rationale shifted from eugenics to “fears of overpopulation, welfare California led the nation, performing nearly all sterilization procedures with little or no due process. 2020. by Paul Popenoe, between the years 1922-1925, 25% of those females NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with University of Michigan professor Alex Stern, who has completed a database of the thousands of people recommended for sterilization when California had eugenics laws. She attained recognition for perfecting the sterilization surgery, and was recognized by Hitler’s Nazi government for her eugenic efforts. Proposed School Exclusion Bad for America’s Kids, Doctors and Educators Say , Jennifer Margulis, 02. This aggressive approach summarized the American Eugenics Society meetings and cited publications of the However, Sonoma would “Historic asylums and sanitariums of Northern California.” SFGATE. 2005a. It was also built to be self sufficient, in order to reduce expenditures; it boasts its own gardens, dairy, and poultry facilities. These organizations — which functioned as part of a closely-knit network — published racist eugenic newsletters and pseudoscientific journals, such as Eugenical News and Eugenics, and propagandized for the Nazis. Experience", p. 110). likely the reason for Sonoma’s comparatively high number of This was the first of three laws passed in California and it targeted patients The driving force behind the statutes regarding sterilization in California was Of those with Such material is made available to advance understanding of ecological, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, moral, ethical, and social justice issues, etc. Journal of Public Health 95, 7: 1128–38. Aerial view of the Modesto State Hospital. but a self-harming act, when they bred with other races (the term “race” was frequently used as more of an umbrella term over ethnicity and country of origin at this time). A central element of this increasingly tightening link was the tethering of eugenic “science” to government and law.