Ethan Allen Homestead Enrichment Program: Gypsies or Pirates? The Vermont Eugenics Survey
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Labeling traveling basket makers as “gypsies”, and people living in house boats as “Pirates”, the University of Vermont ran a science program (1925-36) used to identify thousands of defective, delinquent and dependent Vermonters. Many years later this program was deemed a pseudo-science. Judy Dow gives a brief history of the project as well as the historical trauma suffered by the Families who were targeted.
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