Those interested in the history of eugenics and the more recent issue of restitution will want to see the New York Times article on the sterilization program in North Carolina.
Now, along with scores of others selected for state sterilization — among them uneducated young girls who had been raped by older men, poor teenagers from large families, people with epilepsy and those deemed to be too “feeble-minded” to raise children — Mr. Holt is waiting to see what a state that had one of the country’s most aggressive eugenics programs will decide his fertility was worth.
Although North Carolina officially apologized in 2002 and legislators have pressed to compensate victims before, a task force appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue is again wrestling with the state’s obligation to the estimated 7,600 victims of its eugenics program.
The recommendations for compensation by the task force appointed by Gov. Perdue could be influential for other states, thirty-one of which had eugenic programs in place.