In the l920s and ’30s, the UVM professor targeted poor rural Vermonters as feebleminded degenerates and helped author legislation that allowed for ‘voluntary sterilization’ of some.
University president Tom Sullivan issued a statement Friday apologizing to faculty, staff and students for the school’s role in the eugenics survey that led to persecution and even state-sponsored sterilization.
In January 2018, the Vermont Board of Libraries voted 7-0 to recommend that the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award be changed following a discussion of her ties to the eugenics movement.
Margolis’ sweeping generalizations about literary critique are dangerously ignorant to the multi-layered history of our region.
Before passing judgment on the author, it’s a good idea to read the book.
While the Vermont Board of Libraries unanimously recommended removing Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s name from the prestigious book award, no action has been taken. The board steered clear of the controversial issue of eugenics.
After dueling presentations about Dorothy Canfield Fisher and the eugenics movement, board Chair Bruce Post tried to temper the heated debate. The board eventually decided it needs more information.
Needless to say, this “anti-Dorothy” flap has to be viewed in the context of other efforts to remove the names and symbols of people and causes once admired, now scorned.
An Essex educator and artist has led the fight for the removal of Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s name from Vermont’s premier children’s book award.
News Release — Secretary of State Jim Condos May 22, 2017 Eric Covey 802-828-2148 Montpelier – The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is hosting two evening events at the State Archives in Middlesex to provide history and insight into the sometimes challenging history […]
Charles Murray’s visit allows us to revisit a dark and largely forgotten chapter of our common history.