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North Carolina EugenicsThe state of North Carolina is working on a plan to compensate thousands of residents who were victims of state-mandated sterilization.

State eugenics laws, which began after World War II and lasted up until 1977, sterilized men, women and children as young as 10-years-old in an attempt at better breeding and population control.

Social workers would coerce families to have their children sterilized under threat of losing their land, public assistance, or custody of their children. Neighbors, rivals, and any law abiding citizen had a right and a duty to report “deviant” behavior to authorities, though most often sterilizations resulted from reports of sexual promiscuity or poverty.

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