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Equal: A Work in Progress – Defining the Ideal Citizen

Presented by Indiana Historical Society at Online/Virtual Space

Nov 22 2022
Equal: A Work in Progress – Defining the Ideal Citizen

A Work in Progress explores the complex and controversial intertwining policies surrounding eugenics, public health, classicism, racism, and immigration restriction.

On March 9, 1907, the Indiana Legislature passed the first-ever compulsory eugenic law, making sterilization mandatory for certain individuals with mental and intellectual disabilities. This ongoing pursuit of an ideal society gave power to a select few to curate citizenship rights around those whom they considered “undesirable” through theories in reproductive rights, immigration restrictions, and other policies.

Indiana’s constitution declares “that all people are created equal.”

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