Imbeciles : the Supreme Court, American eugenics, and the sterilization of Carrie Buck
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Published
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
Format
Book
ISBN
9781594204180 (hardback), 1594204187 (hardback)
Physical Desc
402 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Accelerated Reader
IL: UG - BL: 10.2 - AR Pts: 22
Lexile measure
1270L
Status
Morristown-Morris Township Library - Local History
H 344.73 COH
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Published
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
Language
English
ISBN
9781594204180 (hardback), 1594204187 (hardback)
Accelerated Reader
UG
Level 10.2, 22 Points
Lexile measure
1270

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description
"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.
Target Audience
1270L,Lexile
Study Program Information
Accelerated Reader,UG,10.2,22,181146

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Cohen, A. (2016). Imbeciles: the Supreme Court, American eugenics, and the sterilization of Carrie Buck . Penguin Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Cohen, Adam. 2016. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck. Penguin Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Cohen, Adam. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck Penguin Press, 2016.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Cohen, Adam. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck Penguin Press, 2016.

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