Harry Laughlin at Buck vs. Bell, Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Harry Laughlin, superintendent of the Eugenics Record Office, provided a written deposition based on language given to him by doctors at the Virginia Colony. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Trial > Harry Laughlin's deposition)
The other person from Cold Spring Harbor who provided testimony, did it in written form. That was Harry Laughlin, the superintendent of the Eugenics Record Office in New York. Laughlin parroted language provided to him by the doctors in the case, declaring that Carrie Buck was a socially inadequate person, a moral degenerate and someone who shouldn't have children.
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The day before the Virginia case, Arthur Estabrook photographed Carrie and Emma on a bench located at this spot in the Virginia Colony.
Paul Lombardo talks about although she tried several times, Carrie was never able to bring her mother Emma home from the Virginia Colony.
The 17 year-old protagonist of the Buck vs. Bell case, Carrie Buck, was pitted against an array of doctors, lawyers, and eugenicists who were intent on sterilizing her, including John Bell, the superintendent of the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feeb
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.
mma and Carrie Buck were committed to the Virginia Colony because they were unmarried mothers and were considered morally delinquent.
Virginia Sterilization Act. Source: Paul Lombardo, University of Virginia.
Paul Lombardo discussed Carrie Buck's state of mind before the Buck vs. Bell trial.
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 Carrie's lawyer, Irving Whitehead, colluded with lawyers representing the Virginia Colony to help insure that the case went to the Supreme Court.
Paul Lombardo talks about Carrie's sterilization in context. Carrie's one-hour sterilization took place in 1927, the same year that Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs and Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic.