Route Fifty: A Long-Lost Data Trove Uncovers California’s Sterilization Program

Horrifying and sad: A Long-Lost Data Trove Uncovers California’s Sterilization Program “In 2007, only after historian Alexandra Minna Stern had spent years researching eugenics in the American west, culminating in a published book, did she find the motherlode. During the height of the eugenics movement, California sterilized 20,000 patients deemed feeble-minded or insane. Stern, who is a professor at the University of Michigan, wrote about the sterilization program in her book, but she had only a patchwork of records to work with.” Stern was pointed to a collection of 19 reels of microfilm. She had them copied, and later the originals were lost DUE TO BUDGET CUTS.