Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell
Three Generations, No Imbeciles is a chronicle of the 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which approved laws allowing states to perform surgery in order to prevent "feebleminded and socially inadequate" people from having children.
The Buck case was the first and only time in Supreme Court history that an intrusive medical procedure -- involuntary sterilization -- was en...more
It is a very disturbing look at the uses of eugenics (a "science" of human breeding to encourage the propagation of people with "good" genes to and prevent those with "bad" genes from procreating) in the U.S. The book mostly centers on Virginia and the mental institution that originated the Buck vs. Bell supreme court case (Buck vs. Bell upheld the law that allowed sterilization of "feeble minded" people to prevent them from creating more (or any) children, who...more
lombardo focuses on the legal debate, as well as the morals and ethics used to justify eugenics, the history of the case as well as the people involved. as someone who teaches the basics of academic writing, i was...more