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Deep Dark Secret


13 minutes
Source: CBS Video

This 60 Minutes segment on the history of eugenics in the United States focuses on the Fernald School, a Waltham, Mass. institution in which children labeled as "feeble-minded" were locked up by the state government. At its peak, approximately 2,500 people, many of them children who were simply poor or uneducated, were confined at the Fernald School. Several of them, now grown, are interviewed in this video.

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