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Supreme Court that resulted in Justice Holmes' infamous upholding of the enactment under the rationale that "[t]hree generations of imbeciles are enough." Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S.
Buck v. Bell has been a magnet for earlier legal history investigators, and Cohen draws on the significant prior work done by others, but offers valuable original information and insights.
In Buck v. Bell (1927), when Carrie Buck--forced to undergo sterilization as part of a state eugenics program--appealed to the Supreme Court to protect her "inherent right to go through life with full bodily integrity," Taft assigned the writing of the opinion to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, a prominent and acerbic critic of all such natural-rights claims.
I have searched in vain for even an explanation (let alone an excuse) for why Taft signed the majority opinion in the barbaric Buck v. Bell case.
Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell, liberal Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., writing for the 8-to-1 majority, justified a woman's forced sterilization on the grounds that "three generations of imbeciles are enough." In socialist Sweden, such sterilizations would last into the 1970s.
in his opinion in Buck v. Bell. The Buck case arose as a challenge to a 1924 Virginia law authorizing the sexual sterilization of people designated as "socially inadequate." The law explicitly adopted eugenic theory, affirming the proposition that tendencies to crime, poverty, mental illness, and moral failings are inherited in predictable patterns.
Lombardo, "Three Generations, No Imbeciles: New Light on Buck v. Bell," New York University Law Review 60, no.
He is writing a book that examines the Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell.
Proposed policies ranged from segregation laws to marriage prohibitions to immigration restrictions to sterilization, culminating in the Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell.
In effect, supporters welcomed Buck v. Bell as a test case to legitimize the position once and for all.
In April 1927, the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, heard testimony on Buck v. Bell. The appeal involved Carrie Buck, a young woman who, at seventeen, was deemed a "moral imbecile" and was committed to the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded Persons.
Naturally, eugenicists rejoiced at the outcome of Buck v. Bell. The judgment prompted other states to pass and enact sterilization laws of their own, initiating a tenfold increase in the number of annual involuntary sterilizations.(18) More than 27,000 sterilizations were performed within ten years of the verdict.(19) In fact, some scholars believe that up to 100,000 Americans may have been forcibly sterilized.(20) Curiously, the Buck v.