Action by the NC Eugenics Board led to the sterilization by choice or coercion of 7,600 people between 1933 and 1973. It took place in every one of the state's 100 counties--to men women, blacks, whites, and Native Americans, those who already had children, and those who had not reached puberty. It was the state's way to cleanse itself of the contamination of poverty, disability, and mental illness. The 2013 NC General Assembly provided compensation--$10 million--to be paid in 2015 to the 3,000 living victims. But it will not make the victims whole again.