Misdiagnosis of Carrie Buck, Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Emma and Carrie Buck lived long lives and it is doubtful that either was mentally ill. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Players > Emma Buck > Were they feebleminded? )
Carrie was examined by doctors who claimed that she was feebleminded, but that term didn't have too much meaning in 1924. Emma also went through certain tests and was considered somehow "defective," to use the language of the day. But it's unlikely that either of them had any serious mental illnesses or other problems. More than their mental state, their moral state is at issue here. They were considered people who had sex too often, with the wrong people. They were considered loose women. It turns out that Carrie was actually assaulted, and that was the reason she got pregnant. We know less about Emma, but we know in both cases that they lived relatively long lives, with no real indication that they were mentally ill or retarded.
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mma and Carrie Buck were committed to the Virginia Colony because they were unmarried mothers and were considered morally delinquent.
Paul Lombardo discussed Carrie Buck's state of mind before the Buck vs. Bell trial.
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 Amherst County Courthouse was the first step of a legal case that would lead all the way to the Supreme Court.
Paul Lombardo talks about twisting the truth at Buck vs. Bell.
Lombardo discusses the emotions that Carrie Buck may have been feeling before the Buck vs. Bell trial.
Paul Lombardo talks about although she tried several times, Carrie was never able to bring her mother Emma home from the Virginia Colony.
Carrie and Emma Buck on the day before the Buck vs. Bell trial in 1924.
Emma Buck's gravestone
Paul Lombardo discusses Carrie and Emma Buck's state of mind prior to the Buck vs. Bell trial.