Eugenics and forced sterilization in the U.S., Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Eugenicists viewed sterilization as a means to reduce the tax burden of people who lived in public mental institutions. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Outcome > Sterilization as welfare reform)
Among people who called themselves eugenists, sterilization was thought to be the last effort to do away with people who would generate social costs, people who raised the tax burden, people who lived in institutions for the dependent, or for as they said, the "defective," or the "delinquent." Sterilization was meant to be a kind of welfare reform.
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Paul Lombardo talks about Emma and Carrie Buck lived long lives and it is doubtful that either was mentally ill.
Paul Lombardo talks about although Carrie was not feebleminded or morally degenerate, this was the way she was portrayed by the lawyers.
Paul Lombardo talks about Arthur Estabrook apparently tested Vivian's mental ability by attempting to catch her attention with a coin.
Paul Lombardo talks about after raping Carrie, Clarence Garland left Charlottesville rather than fulfill his promise to marry her.
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 Vivian died at the age of eight; had she lived longer, that life might have stood as a monument to the abuses of eugenics in the United States.
Paul Lombardo talks about Virginia was the 14th of 30 states to pass a eugenic sterilization law.
Paul Lombardo talks about Arthur Estabrook, a psychologist for the Eugenics Record office, testified that Carrie, her daughter Vivian, and her mother Emma were all feeblminded.
Paul Lombardo talks about twisting the truth at Buck vs. Bell.
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.