Between 1929 and 1974, more than 7,600 North Carolinians were sterilized, sometimes without informed consent and frequently under coercion. The victims, poor men and women from around the state, were never compensated for losing the ability to conceive children. Nearly 40 years later, during a rancorous 2013 legislative session in which severe restrictions on abortion, voting rights and funding for public education were passed, the state got another chance to right one of its most shameful acts. In this personal and powerful work of longform journalism from new digital publisher The New New South, award-winning author Belle Boggs traces the chilling history of eugenics in America, tells the poignant stories of North Carolina's sterilization victims, and goes inside their decade-long fight for justice.
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