Wrongs of Buck vs. Bell, Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Buck vs. Bell was based on the myth that genetically flawed families could be identified and eliminated. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Epilogue > The Kallikak myth)
The evidence at the Buck trial attempted to portray Carrie's family as a flawed family, a defective group. People like the Kallikaks and the Jukes, who ended up costing taxpayer dollars. In fact, not only Carrie's case, but those cases that preceded her, were built on a mythology that you could identify hereditary defect, eliminate it, and thereby improve society.
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Paul Lombardo talks bout in the Supreme Court decision, Justice Holmes compared sterilization for feeblemindedness to a vaccination for smallpox.
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 after raping Carrie, Clarence Garland left Charlottesville rather than fulfill his promise to marry her.
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 talks about Vivian was on the honor roll in the first grade at Venable School, proving that she was not the third generation of imbeciles.
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 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 Oliver Wendell Holmes' support for eugenic sterilization was contrary to his record as a defender of civil liberties.
Paul Lombardo talks about Emma and Carrie Buck lived long lives and it is doubtful that either was mentally ill.
Paul Lombardo talks about eugenicists viewed sterilization as a means to reduce the tax burden of people who lived in public mental institutions.