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Brian H. Greenwald, PhDDirector of Schuchman Center& Professor of
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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 located on Long Island, New
York. Those states that adopted sterilization laws usually were modeled after Laughlin's conceptual
framework. Laughlin's list of "socially inadequate classes" included 'the deaf' and was listed as a
target for sterilization. However, none of the states that adopted sterilization laws in the United
States included deaf people. What is the rationale for leaving deaf people out of state eugenic
programs? Why was deafness, a condition typically started as a category eligible for sterilization but
never actually written into law? This research project seeks to answer questions critical to United
States history. Why did states not include deafness as a trigger for sterilization? What was the impact
of eugenic studies on deaf individuals? Examining these questions, the Center will develop a virtual
exhibit mapping the emergence of eugenic laws in the United States.
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