Joseph DeJarnette, still image with audio
Joseph DeJarnette was an early advocate of sterilization, and was proud to call himself "Sterilization DeJarnette." He testified in the trial of Carrie Buck, finding that Carrie was feebleminded and a moral degenerate, and somewhat appropriately fitted for sterilization under the Virginia law. DeJarnette was later well known for his advocacy in favor of sterilization in Europe, particularly his challenge to Virginians to not fall behind the examples set by the Nazis and Hitler. (DNAi location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Players)
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Aubrey Strode was the lawyer who wrote the Virginia statute that became the sterilization law.
Harry Laughlin was the superintendent of the Eugenics Record Office in New York, and had written a model sterilization law in 1914, portions of which were borrowed by Virginians to use in their own 1924 law.
A photo of Carrie and her mother Emma was taken the day before the Virginia trial.
Virginia Sterilization Act. Source: Paul Lombardo, University of Virginia.
Carrie and Emma Buck on the day before the Buck vs. Bell trial in 1924.
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 Virginia was the 14th of 30 states to pass a eugenic sterilization law.
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
Vivian Dobb's (Carrie Buck's daughter) first grade record book, 1930-31.
Paul Lombardo discusses the initial trial in Amherst County, Viriginia, which set the stage for taking the issue of eugenic sterilization to the Supreme Court.