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DNAi location: Chronicle>Threat of the Unfit>threatsFour generations in one almshouse at one time, Yaphank, Suffolk County, NY he large asylums for the homeless and mentally ill that were built at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century may have given the impression that "social dependency" was on the rise in the United States. Studies showing that institutions commonly housed a number of related inmates provided evidence that mental illnesses, pauperism, and other "dysgenic" traits were hereditary. Thus, eugenicists were quick to calculate the costs of maintaining "genetically inferior" families in public facilities.
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