Reel South: The State of Eugenics

About This Episode


Between 1933 and 1974, the state of North Carolina ran one of the most aggressive eugenics programs, sterilizing more than 7,600 men, women and children. This film follows the journey of survivors, legislators and journalists who insist the state confront its role in the tragic, forced sterilization of thousands of Americans thought to have “undesirable” genetics.

Reel South is a collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF).