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

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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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