The Fertile River
Mrs. Sarah Woods has been visiting colored families in a small rural community. Armed with her North Carolina Eugenics Board questionnaire, she has been doling out sterilization orders to uniformed and disadvantaged families. The targeted households already feel stigmatized by having imperfect children and impaired family members so they keep their new suffering a tightly held secret. Cora Lee Burden is the latest to receive an appointment notice from Mrs. Woods. The sixty-four- year-old grandmother of a mentally challenged woman has no idea what a white social worker from the government would want with her family. But as a colored woman raised in the Jim Crow south she knows the visit is a call for caution.