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Imbeciles : the Supreme Court, American eugenics, and the sterilization of Carrie Buck

Author: Adam Cohen
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Adam Cohen tells the story of one of the darkest moments in the American legal tradition: the Supreme Court's decision to champion eugenic sterilization for the greater good of the country. In 1927, when the nation was caught up in eugenic fervor, the justices allowed Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck, a perfectly normal young woman, for being an "imbecile." It is a story with many villains, from the superintendent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cohen, Adam (Adam Seth).
Imbeciles.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016
(DLC) 2015044842
Named Person: Carrie Buck; Oliver W Holmes; Aubrey E Strode; Harry Hamilton Laughlin; Albert Sidney Priddy; Aubrey E Strode; Harry Hamilton Laughlin; Carrie Buck; Oliver W Holmes; Carrie Buck
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Cohen
ISBN: 9781594204180 1594204187 9780143109990 0143109995
OCLC Number: 911171862
Description: 402 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Carrie Buck --
Albert Priddy --
Albert Priddy --
Harry Laughlin --
Harry Laughlin --
Aubrey Strode --
Aubrey Strode --
Oliver Wendell Holmes --
Oliver Wendell Holmes --
Carrie Buck.
Responsibility: Adam Cohen.
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Adam Cohen tells the story of one of the darkest moments in the American legal tradition: the Supreme Court's decision to champion eugenic sterilization for the greater good of the country. In 1927, when the nation was caught up in eugenic fervor, the justices allowed Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck, a perfectly normal young woman, for being an "imbecile." It is a story with many villains, from the superintendent of the Dickensian Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded who chose Carrie for sterilization to the former Missouri agriculture professor and Nazi sympathizer who was the nation's leading advocate for eugenic sterilization. But the most troubling actors of all were the eight Supreme Court justices who were in the majority -- including William Howard Taft, the former president; Louis Brandeis, the legendary progressive; and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., America's most esteemed justice, who wrote the decision urging the nation to embark on a program of mass eugenic sterilization.

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