Well, the hearing on the bill to provide compensation to sterilization victims went well. Several survivors and family members spoke, as well as several middle school students. As I was driving back with a couple of law students we remarked those students and their teacher really had their act together!
The committee had a thoughtful debate about the bill. The anti-reparations arguments rested largely on this isn't the responsibility of the current generation (and also to some extent, a lot of other states did this, so North Carolina shouldn't be singled out). That was countered by the argument that are people still living who are suffering as a result of the state's action. I wasn't surprised by any of the arguments; but I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
The house judiciary committee passed the bill, so it's on its way. Looks like this is actually going to make it -- and will be just another episode of realistic reparations.
Along the lines of the "this was done by the state" argument, I thought you might find the forms that the state prepared to facilitate the petitions for sterilization of particular interest. The forms were reprinted in a lot of places, including a 1938 pamphlet from the Eugenics Board that made the case for sterilization. It never ceases to surprise me how technology is harnessed to effect the ends of the state. And how much those forms were designed to stream-line the process. And perhaps you'd find also of interest the appendix to Moya Woodside's 1950 study of sterilization in North Carolina, Sterilization in North Carolina: A Sociological and Psychological Study, which tells the story of "illustrative cases" of people who were sterilized in the 1940s.
The illustration is the Judiciary Committee hearing, where Representative Larry Womble, who's been the champion of this issue for about a decade now, moved the bill. This was his first appearance in the legislature, I think, since he was in a car accident last fall.