Lecture Notes 12

It would be strange if it could not call upon those

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Unformatted text preview: sterilized   Buck’s guardian appealed to Circuit Court of Amherst County   1927, Supreme Court ruled 8:1 in favor of State of Virginia 27 Carrie Buck and her mother at the Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded 28 “Three generations of imbeciles are enough” ”We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of often not felt to be such by those concerned, to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can from continuing their kind.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Supreme Court justice, Buck versus Bell, 1927 29 Photo courtesy of Political Graveyard on Flickr. CC-BY. The long shadow of eugenics   Between 1907 & 1963, 64,000 individuals were compulsorily sterilized in the U.S.   In the early 1930s, Buck vs. Bell was cited by the National Sot Government in G...
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