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Imbeciles - The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

Adam Cohen

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

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
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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

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan Woren

Length:

13h 20m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:03


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:48


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:51


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:10


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:47


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:39


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:20


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:55


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:30


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:37


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:38


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:08


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:11


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:32


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:34


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:56


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:31


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:55


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:54


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:33


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:58


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:09


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:25


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:50


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:38


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:48


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:42


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:28


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:45


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:48


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:05


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:26


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:36


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:27


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:53


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:53


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:16


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:08


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:04


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

00:37