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FREE TO READ | Extracts from diaries and letters written between December 9 and December 15

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December 9

1978, Oakland, California

[To a journalist friend, Mildred Hamilton] I’ve just returned from Darkest Tennessee, Murfreesboro (I am not kidding, that’s the name of the town), Mid-Tennessee University, where I gave a lecture on prisons. There was only one amusing moment: a total troglydyte (sp?) of a sociology teacher had brought two of her classes, thus packing lecture hall to my pleasure – she hadn’t a clue as to what my point was going to be. So in the question period she mentioned studies she had read which prove that criminal genes can be transmitted from parent to child so wouldn’t it be a good idea to pass a law requiring sterilisation of all criminals? Well, I said, possibly; but one would have to start with the Nixon family, & I’m not sure the public would go for that poor Tina & Julie [Richard Nixon’s daughters] & their offspring being seized by the sterilisers. Upon which the soc. teacher stormed out – but the STUDENTS STAYED. So it was all worth it...

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