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Re: “Vermont Considers Dumping Dorothy Canfield Fisher Over Ties to Eugenics Movement

A poorly worded pamphlet, some out-of-context descriptions of fictional characters, serving on a board to promote "good people" moving to Vermont... Scant evidence to scuttle this accomplished woman off into the dustbin of history. Have you read "Little House on the Prarie" recently? Shockingly racist descriptions within led to some amazing conversations with my ten-year-old about how and why people held those views in the 1800's and early 1900's. We were able to talk about and contextualize these things because they were not "cleansed" from the book. Let's talk about the views this woman held or was perceived to have held... Let's investigate the true nature of the past and not symbolically "purify" the past, but rather understand it and see it for what it was so that its repugnant aspects not be repeated. Ms. Dow, acting as sole judge and jury, is practicing
a virtual form of eugenics on history, which, in my opinion, serves no one's best interest except, perhaps, her own.

Posted by candace on 09/26/2017 at 5:03 PM

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