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Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen

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In 1927, the United States Supreme Court, by a vote of 8-1, ruled that it was appropriate that Carrie Buck, a poor white Charlottesville, Virginia, woman be sterilized. Subsequently over 60,000 American citizens were forced to undergo this procedure. “Imbeciles is a revelatory book. Eye opening and riveting. In these pages, Adam Cohen brings alive an unsettling, neglected slice of American history and does so with the verve of a master storyteller” -  Alex Kotlowitz.


New York: Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016, 402 pages with Notes and Bibliography, hardback in dust jacket