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Southerners Aren’t Lazy and Dumb, They Just Had Hookworm

March 16, 2017
50 min

There was a time when the lower classes of the American South were considered lazy and dimwitted, a stereotype that still somewhat survives today. But this stereotype was rooted in fact. Hookworms, it turns out, were sapping Southerners’ life force.

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