LYNCHBURG STORY STUDY QUESTIONS

LYNCHBURG STORY STUDY QUESTIONS - STUDY QUESTIONS FOR THE...

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STUDY QUESTIONS FOR “THE LYNCHBURG STORY” Lynchburg Colony – Largest institution for institutionalizing people who were feeble minded. How many were sterilized during the period covered in The Lynchburg Story? 70K Who was the institution designed to house? The epileptic and the feeble minded For what reason, according to the film, did the first person (Mary Carbon) interviewed get admitted? She was poor and a burden to the state. How old was she when she was admitted? She was 11 years old. On what basis had most inmates been admitted? Epileptic, disabled, retarded, those who were unable to work. How was the operation explained to Mary Carbon? They said the operation was for her own health and she was sterilized. When was the sterilization program at Lynchburg exposed? November??? 1980 What was the final documented number of forced sterilization cases? 8,300 What was the State of Virginia’s reaction to the revelation? They thought forced sterilization violated civil rights and the State of Virginia planned to sue on behalf of the victims How did lawyers work to make sure the issue remained in the public eye? Who was Albert Priddy? He sterilized the inmates. What did he need? New sterilization law Who was Harry Laughlin and what did he advocate? Called for the sterilization of the criminals, feeble minded, homeless, alcoholics, drug addicts, etc What was the underlying purpose or rationale for the forced sterilization program? What was supposed to be the focus of the program?
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2009 for the course SOC Sociology taught by Professor Sheldonekland-olson during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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