Adam Cohen talked about his book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, in which he recounts the Supreme Court’s 1927 decision to allow the state of Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck for being an “imbecile.” The justices who composed the majority included William Howard Taft, Louis Brandeis, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, who authored the decision that resulted in the sterilization of 70,000 people considered mentally “defective.” close
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