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  • Description is exactly "This pedigree describes a young woman who was committed to the Vermont State School for Feebleminded Children when she was 18. Her background, as reported, appears dire. Of her father, the social worker wrote, "Deserted three times. Sex offender with own children. Alcoholic." Lacking any formal education, the young woman had been in and out of local and state institutions throughout her childhood, including the town poor house the Vermont Industrial School, and the Home for Friendless Women, where she bore a child who died in infancy. "
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