Year 7, Book 41

41. Against Their Will: North Carolina’s Sterilization Program by Kevin Begos, Danielle Deaver, John Railey, Scott Sexton, and Paul Lombardo

This book is actually a compilation of newspaper articles published in The Winston-Salem Journal over a number of years. The reporters investigated the sterilization program in North Carolina that spanned 40 years, which was much longer and put into much more use than similar programs in other states. It was a very eye-opening look into a part of North Carolina’s history I really knew nothing about despite having gone to school in Winston-Salem at Wake Forest University whose medical school is prominently featured in the book. As the book is actually a series of articles there is a lot of repetition with the reporters providing background on the sterilization program and/or the legislation that was long-considered for reparations to the victims of the program at the beginning of each article. If you are interested in finding out more about this historic issue I would definitely suggest reading this book though. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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