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The Sterilization Of Carrie Buck

Author : J. David Smith
ISBN : 088282192X
Genre : Law
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Though she had normal intelligence, Carrie Buck was labeled "feebleminded" because she was young, poor, female and powerless. Her child was taken away and she was sterilized. Her landmark Supreme Court case, which led to the sterilization of 50,000 Americans and was cited as the precedent for the Nazi race hygiene program, is still making headlines today.

Imbeciles

Author : Adam Cohen
ISBN : 9781101980835
Genre : History
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Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction 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 In 1927, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling so disturbing, ignorant, and cruel that it stands as one of the great injustices in American history. In Imbeciles, bestselling author Adam Cohen exposes the court’s decision to allow the sterilization of a young woman it wrongly thought to be “feebleminded” and to champion the mass eugenic sterilization of undesirable citizens for the greater good of the country. The 8–1 ruling was signed by some of the most revered figures in American law—including Chief Justice William Howard Taft, a former U.S. president; and Louis Brandeis, a progressive icon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, considered by many the greatest Supreme Court justice in history, wrote the majority opinion, including the court’s famous declaration “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.” Imbeciles is the shocking story of Buck v. Bell, a legal case that challenges our faith in American justice. A gripping courtroom drama, it pits a helpless young woman against powerful scientists, lawyers, and judges who believed that eugenic measures were necessary to save the nation from being “swamped with incompetence.” At the center was Carrie Buck, who was born into a poor family in Charlottesville, Virginia, and taken in by a foster family, until she became pregnant out of wedlock. She was then declared “feebleminded” and shipped off to the Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded. Buck v. Bell unfolded against the backdrop of a nation in the thrall of eugenics, which many Americans thought would uplift the human race. Congress embraced this fervor, enacting the first laws designed to prevent immigration by Italians, Jews, and other groups charged with being genetically inferior. Cohen shows how Buck arrived at the colony at just the wrong time, when influential scientists and politicians were looking for a “test case” to determine whether Virginia’s new eugenic sterilization law could withstand a legal challenge. A cabal of powerful men lined up against her, and no one stood up for her—not even her lawyer, who, it is now clear, was in collusion with the men who wanted her sterilized. In the end, Buck’s case was heard by the Supreme Court, the institution established by the founders to ensure that justice would prevail. The court could have seen through the false claim that Buck was a threat to the gene pool, or it could have found that forced sterilization was a violation of her rights. Instead, Holmes, a scion of several prominent Boston Brahmin families, who was raised to believe in the superiority of his own bloodlines, wrote a vicious, haunting decision upholding Buck’s sterilization and imploring the nation to sterilize many more. Holmes got his wish, and before the madness ended some sixty to seventy thousand Americans were sterilized. Cohen overturns cherished myths and demolishes lauded figures in relentless pursuit of the truth. With the intellectual force of a legal brief and the passion of a front-page exposé, Imbeciles is an ardent indictment of our champions of justice and our optimistic faith in progress, as well as a triumph of American legal and social history. From the Hardcover edition.

The Constitution And 9 11

Author : Louis Fisher
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131662301
Genre : History
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The author assesses the longstanding tension between protecting constitutional rights and safeguarding national security in a study that focuses on how the Bush administration's responses to 9/11 have threatened the Constitution and the rights it protects. Simultaneous.

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Das M Dchen Das Keiner Wollte

Author : Diane Chamberlain
ISBN : 9783644501010
Genre : Fiction
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Der Mond beleuchtete die Reihen von Tabakpflanzen, und ich beobachtete beim Gehen die Fenster im Farmhaus. Ich steckte die Hand in die Tasche und spürte den Fetzen Papier: morgen, um Mitternacht. North Carolina, 1960: Die 15-jährige Ivy Hart gehört zum White Trash: Sie arbeitet auf den Tabakfeldern in Grace County, einer von Gott verlassenen Gegend. Als die junge Sozialarbeiterin Jane die Familie Hart zu betreuen beginnt, kümmert sich zum ersten Mal wirklich jemand um das Mädchen: Ivy und Jane werden Freundinnen. Dann wird Ivy vom Sohn des Plantagenbesitzers schwanger. Doch ledige Mütter sind hier unerwünscht, die Sozialbehörden ergreifen unmenschliche Maßnahmen. Nur Jane kann Ivy jetzt noch helfen. Aber ist sie mutig genug, für ihre Überzeugung zu kämpfen? «Diane Chamberlain ist eine wunderbar talentierte Autorin. Jedes ihrer Bücher ist ein Juwel.» (Literary Times) «Eindringlich und packend. Dieses Buch wird Diane Chamberlains Fans ebenso begeistern wie Leserinnen von Jodi Picoult.» (Booklist) «Herzzerreißend. Ein fesselnder Roman, der tief in eine dunkle Ära der Geschichte eintaucht und sie gekonnt zum Leben erweckt.» (Publishers Weekly)

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