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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
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.
The Sterilization of Carrie Buck : Was She Feebleminded or Society's Pawn. by K. Ray Nelson and J. David Smith. Eugenics is the pure-bred descendant of Darwin's theory, an error compounded from a mistaken belief system. Chapter 1 tells of Carrie Buck's poverty-stricken childhood. She was adopted at age 3 and became a servant.
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Sterilization of Carrie Buck. On October 27, 1927, 21-year-old Carrie Buck was sterilized without her understanding or consent – and with the blessings of the United States Supreme Court. Now, the truth about one of America's most shameful moments is revealed in The Sterilization of Carrie Buck.
Carrie’s mother, Emma Buck, was deemed feebleminded and sexually . Even more important, Carrie was raped by a relative of her foster family
Carrie’s mother, Emma Buck, was deemed feebleminded and sexually promiscuous, and involuntarily institutionalized at the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded in Lynchburg, Virginia. Then 17 years old, Carrie, believed to have inherited these traits, was committed to the same asylum after giving birth to an illegitimate daughter, Vivian. Even more important, Carrie was raped by a relative of her foster family. Recent scholarship has shown that Carrie Buck’s sterilization was based on a false diagnosis and her defense lawyer conspired with the lawyer for the Virginia Colony to guarantee that the sterilization law would be upheld in court.
The surgery, carried out while Buck was an inmate of the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, took place under the authority of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, part of the Commonwealth of Virginia's eugenics program.