Discussion of the photo of Carrie and Emma Buck, Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Lombardo discusses the emotions that Carrie Buck may have been feeling before the Buck vs. Bell trial.
It's likely that she was touched by the loss of her baby, probably a little depressed, and also by the presence of her mother whom she rarely saw. So this picture brings out some of the strong feelings that may have been swirling around inside those two women in 1924. Carrie, only just 17 years old, her mother, in her fifties, united for one of the first times.
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Paul Lombardo talks about the only photograph of Carrie Buck with her mother Emma, taken the day before she would stand trial before the collective onslaught of the American eugenics movement.
Paul Lombardo talks about Emma and Carrie Buck lived long lives and it is doubtful that either was mentally ill.
Emma Buck's gravestone
Carrie and Emma Buck on the day before the Buck vs. Bell trial in 1924.
mma and Carrie Buck were committed to the Virginia Colony because they were unmarried mothers and were considered morally delinquent.
A photo of Carrie and her mother Emma was taken the day before the Virginia trial.
Paul Lombardo talks about although she tried several times, Carrie was never able to bring her mother Emma home from the Virginia Colony.
Paul Lombardo discussed Carrie Buck's state of mind before the Buck vs. Bell trial.
The day before the Virginia case, Arthur Estabrook photographed Carrie and Emma on a bench located at this spot in the Virginia Colony.
Virginia Sterilization Act. Source: Paul Lombardo, University of Virginia.