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Perfecting Humanity

One aspect of the Progressive Era was the popularity of eugenics—selective reproduction to improve humanity. Indiana was the first state in the United States (and one of the first places in the world) to establish laws to determine whether or not the physically and mentally ill or disabled should be allowed to reproduce. This law was controversial from its inception. Signed into law by Indiana Governor J. Frank Hanly, its enforcement was blocked by the subsequent governor, Thomas R. Marshall. The law was found unconstitutional by the Indiana Supreme Court in 1921.
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Native American Policy in the Indiana Territory

Throughout the 1790s and early 1800s the United States sought to organize territory in the west. Often, this required buying land from Native American tribes who occupied the area. These purchase treaties often took advantage of conflicts between different tribes and, sometimes, were negotiated with tribes that did not have any claims to the land in question.

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