Forced sterilizations in the U.S., Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Virginia was the 14th of 30 states to pass a eugenic sterilization law. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Prologue > Sterilization laws in the U.S.)
Sterilizations were performed in institutions from places like Indiana and Connecticut, and Massachusetts, as early as the first decade of the 20th century. The first law to allow this was passed in Indiana in 1907, the second one in California in 1909 [corrected from:1911], Editorial Note: Washington State also passed its law that year, and those states were followed by about a dozen others who had passed laws up to the mid-1920s. Virginia passed its law in 1924 [corrected from: was fourteenth in the nation, passing its law in 1924], setting the stage for the majority of states in the country to have sterilization legislation.
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Paul Lombardo talks about eugenicists viewed sterilization as a means to reduce the tax burden of people who lived in public mental institutions.
Carrie Buck, who was stripped of her right to reproduce, was born only blocks away from Jefferson's rotunda at the University of Virginia, a symbol of American freedom.
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 although the Virginia statute included safeguards, many people deemed "unfit" were sterilized without their knowledge.
All but 13 states had sterilization laws in effect, or as bills pending in 1935.
Dr. Albert Priddy was the first superintendent of the Virginia Colony for Epileptics, which was founded in the first decade of the 20th century.
Paul Lombardo discussed Carrie Buck's state of mind before the Buck vs. Bell trial.
Paul Lombardo talks about after raping Carrie, Clarence Garland left Charlottesville rather than fulfill his promise to marry her.
Paul Lombardo talks about low point in medical jurisprudence.