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Author Cohen, Adam (Adam Seth), author.

Title Imbeciles : the Supreme Court, American eugenics, and the sterilization of Carrie Buck / Adam Cohen.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2016.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Parsons Non-Fiction  344.73 C678    ---  Available
 PHS Non-Fiction  344.73 Cohen    ---  Available
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  344.7304 Coh    ---  Available
Description 401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Study Program UG RL 10.2 22.0 181146
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-382) and index.
Contents Carrie Buck -- Albert Priddy -- Albert Priddy -- Harry Laughlin -- Harry Laughlin -- Aubrey Strode -- Aubrey Strode -- Oliver Wendell Holmes -- Oliver Wendell Holmes -- Carrie Buck.
Summary "One of America's great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court's infamous 1927 Buck v. Bell ruling made government sterilization of "undesirable" citizens the law of the land New York Times bestselling author Adam Cohen tells the story in Imbeciles 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Source B&T 4.2016 PARS
Subject Buck, Carrie, 1906-1983 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Involuntary sterilization -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Eugenics -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Involuntary sterilization -- Law and legislation -- Virginia.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
LAW / Legal History.
LAW / Civil Rights.
Indexed Term Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927)
Other Form: Online version: Cohen, Adam (Adam Seth), author. Imbeciles New York : Penguin Press, 2016 9781101980835 (DLC) 2015044842
ISBN 9781594204180

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