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The People of Moronia
There are all stages of broken arches, rheumatism, indigestion, and pain in the back, and there are all stages of skill or lack of skill at reasoning, and all sorts of facilities with numbers and words. Only by the sum total of these aptitudes and defects can we judge the individual. If the total is just a trifle too meagre for the complex demands of modern life, and cannot be made to develop further, then we confront morons, or the border-line feeble-minded, or the dull, or the retarded. All these terms designate different varieties of weak but often likable individuals. They are doomed to carry loads too heavy for them....
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Title: The People of Moronia
Creator: Eleanor Rowland Wembridge (author)
Date: January 1926
Format: Article
Publication: The American Mercury
Source: Available at selected libraries
Location: vol. 7, no.25, pp.1-7
Keywords: Cognitive Disability; Crime; Economics; Entertainment, Leisure & Recreation; Eugenics; Family; Heredity; Humor; Ideologies; Intelligence; Jurisprudence; Marriage; Media; Medicine & Science; Nomenclature; Popular Culture; Poverty; Psychiatric Disability; Reproduction; Sexuality; Social Work; Women & Gender
Topics: Mass Media, Culture & The Arts