questionableadvice: “This poster was commissioned by the English Eugenics Education Society and designed by Benson’s advertising agency in 1926. The society was founded in 1907 and by 1914 it had over 1,000 members. It aimed to promote public awareness of eugenic problems, advocating the ‘improvement’ of human hereditary traits through social intervention.” via 20th Century London
Carrie Buck (left), a “feeble-minded woman,” was committed to Virginia’s state colony and sterilized under court orders. Her mother, also deemed feeble-minded by authorities, had similar reading and writing abilities, and Buck’s 9-month-old child, who was deemed to be mentally unfit, went on to be an honor student.
Mental retardation - "The Burden of the Feebleminded" Mental retardation has been reported in literature as early as Spartan and Roman times. In the 1880s, doctors chose to isolate these patients, putting them in asylums and often neglecting them. But in 1907, a businessman named William Pryor Letchworth donated 2000 acres of land to build a facility for the "feeble minded and epileptics." He envisioned his facility as a farm and hoped its inhabitants would learn "village life" and…
Recovering from the Bath school massacre. On May 18, 1927, 45 people, mostly children, were killed and 58 were injured when disgruntled and demented school board member Andrew Kehoe dynamited the new school building in Bath, Michigan out of revenge over his foreclosed farm due in part to the taxes required to pay for the new school.