Imbeciles

Imbeciles Author Adam Cohen
ISBN-10 9781101980835
Year 2016-03-01
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction One of America’s great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court’s infamous 1927 Buck v. Bell ruling made government sterilization of “undesirable” citizens the law of the land In 1927, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling so disturbing, ignorant, and cruel that it stands as one of the great injustices in American history. In Imbeciles, bestselling author Adam Cohen exposes the court’s decision to allow the sterilization of a young woman it wrongly thought to be “feebleminded” and to champion the mass eugenic sterilization of undesirable citizens for the greater good of the country. The 8–1 ruling was signed by some of the most revered figures in American law—including Chief Justice William Howard Taft, a former U.S. president; and Louis Brandeis, a progressive icon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, considered by many the greatest Supreme Court justice in history, wrote the majority opinion, including the court’s famous declaration “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.” Imbeciles is the shocking story of Buck v. Bell, a legal case that challenges our faith in American justice. A gripping courtroom drama, it pits a helpless young woman against powerful scientists, lawyers, and judges who believed that eugenic measures were necessary to save the nation from being “swamped with incompetence.” At the center was Carrie Buck, who was born into a poor family in Charlottesville, Virginia, and taken in by a foster family, until she became pregnant out of wedlock. She was then declared “feebleminded” and shipped off to the Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded. Buck v. Bell unfolded against the backdrop of a nation in the thrall of eugenics, which many Americans thought would uplift the human race. Congress embraced this fervor, enacting the first laws designed to prevent immigration by Italians, Jews, and other groups charged with being genetically inferior. Cohen shows how Buck arrived at the colony at just the wrong time, when influential scientists and politicians were looking for a “test case” to determine whether Virginia’s new eugenic sterilization law could withstand a legal challenge. A cabal of powerful men lined up against her, and no one stood up for her—not even her lawyer, who, it is now clear, was in collusion with the men who wanted her sterilized. In the end, Buck’s case was heard by the Supreme Court, the institution established by the founders to ensure that justice would prevail. The court could have seen through the false claim that Buck was a threat to the gene pool, or it could have found that forced sterilization was a violation of her rights. Instead, Holmes, a scion of several prominent Boston Brahmin families, who was raised to believe in the superiority of his own bloodlines, wrote a vicious, haunting decision upholding Buck’s sterilization and imploring the nation to sterilize many more. Holmes got his wish, and before the madness ended some sixty to seventy thousand Americans were sterilized. Cohen overturns cherished myths and demolishes lauded figures in relentless pursuit of the truth. With the intellectual force of a legal brief and the passion of a front-page exposé, Imbeciles is an ardent indictment of our champions of justice and our optimistic faith in progress, as well as a triumph of American legal and social history. From the Hardcover edition.

Imbeciles

Imbeciles Author Adam Cohen
ISBN-10 9780143109990
Year 2017-03-07
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction One of America's great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court's infamous 1927 Buck v. Bell ruling made government sterilization of "undesirable" citizens the law of the land In 1927, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling so disturbing, ignorant, and cruel that it stands as one of the great injustices in American history. In Imbeciles, bestselling author Adam Cohen exposes the court's decision to allow the sterilization of a young woman it wrongly thought to be "feebleminded" and to champion the mass eugenic sterilization of undesirable citizens for the greater good of the country. The 8-1 ruling was signed by some of the most revered figures in American law--including Chief Justice William Howard Taft, a former U.S. president; and Louis Brandeis, a progressive icon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, considered by many the greatest Supreme Court justice in history, wrote the majority opinion, including the court's famous declaration "Three generations of imbeciles are enough." Imbeciles is the shocking story of Buck v. Bell, a legal case that challenges our faith in American justice. A gripping courtroom drama, it pits a helpless young woman against powerful scientists, lawyers, and judges who believed that eugenic measures were necessary to save the nation from being "swamped with incompetence." At the center was Carrie Buck, who was born into a poor family in Charlottesville, Virginia, and taken in by a foster family, until she became pregnant out of wedlock. She was then declared "feebleminded" and shipped off to the Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded. Buck v. Bell unfolded against the backdrop of a nation in the thrall of eugenics, which many Americans thought would uplift the human race. Congress embraced this fervor, enacting the first laws designed to prevent immigration by Italians, Jews, and other groups charged with being genetically inferior. Cohen shows how Buck arrived at the colony at just the wrong time, when influential scientists and politicians were looking for a "test case" to determine whether Virginia's new eugenic sterilization law could withstand a legal challenge. A cabal of powerful men lined up against her, and no one stood up for her--not even her lawyer, who, it is now clear, was in collusion with the men who wanted her sterilized. In the end, Buck's case was heard by the Supreme Court, the institution established by the founders to ensure that justice would prevail. The court could have seen through the false claim that Buck was a threat to the gene pool, or it could have found that forced sterilization was a violation of her rights. Instead, Holmes, a scion of several prominent Boston Brahmin families, who was raised to believe in the superiority of his own bloodlines, wrote a vicious, haunting decision upholding Buck's sterilization and imploring the nation to sterilize many more. Holmes got his wish, and before the madness ended some sixty to seventy thousand Americans were sterilized. Cohen overturns cherished myths and demolishes lauded figures in relentless pursuit of the truth. With the intellectual force of a legal brief and the passion of a front-page expos�, Imbeciles is an ardent indictment of our champions of justice and our optimistic faith in progress, as well as a triumph of American legal and social history. From the Hardcover edition.

Imbeciles

Imbeciles Author Adam Cohen
ISBN-10 9781594204180
Year 2016
Pages 402
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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One of America's great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court's infamous 1927 Buck v. Bell ruling made government sterilization of "undesirable" citizens the law of the land New York Times bestselling author Adam Cohen tells the story in Imbeciles of one of the darkest moments in the American legal tradition: the Supreme Court's decision to champion eugenic sterilization for the greater good of the country. In 1927, when the nation was caught up in eugenic fervor, the justices allowed Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck, a perfectly normal young woman, for being an "imbecile." It is a story with many villains, from the superintendent of the Dickensian Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded who chose Carrie for sterilization to the former Missouri agriculture professor and Nazi sympathizer who was the nation's leading advocate for eugenic sterilization. But the most troubling actors of all were the eight Supreme Court justices who were in the majority - including William Howard Taft, the former president; Louis Brandeis, the legendary progressive; and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., America's most esteemed justice, who wrote the decision urging the nation to embark on a program of mass eugenic sterilization. Exposing this tremendous injustice--which led to the sterilization of 70,000 Americans--Imbeciles overturns cherished myths and reappraises heroic figures in its relentless pursuit of the truth. With the precision of a legal brief and the passion of a front-page exposé, Cohen's Imbeciles is an unquestionable triumph of American legal and social history, an ardent accusation against these acclaimed men and our own optimistic faith in progress.

Three Generations No Imbeciles

Three Generations  No Imbeciles Author Paul A. Lombardo
ISBN-10 9780801890109
Year 2008-10-06
Pages 365
Language en
Publisher JHU Press
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Looks at the case Buck v. Bell, covering the events of the trial and the 1927 Supreme Court case which upheld Virginia's compulsory sterilization of "feebleminded" individuals.

Jokes for the Imbecile

Jokes for the Imbecile Author Mark Funnn
ISBN-10 9780986119903
Year 2015-01-31
Pages 65
Language en
Publisher BookBaby
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Jokes for the Imbecile: Written by Imbeciles for Imbeciles by Mark and Will Funnn, delivers the ultimate experience in complete and utter stupidity for Imbeciles from all walks of life. This book includes a wonderful collection of jokes, songs, poems, and recipes that can immediately be put to use by any Imbecile, big or small. You will enjoy this amazingly asinine book for many years to come, especially if you are a true Imbecile like us. If not, see if we care! - M.F. & W.F.

Lunatics Imbeciles and Idiots

Lunatics  Imbeciles and Idiots Author Kathryn Burtinshaw
ISBN-10 9781473879065
Year 2017-04-30
Pages 248
Language en
Publisher
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In the first half of the nineteenth century, treatment of the mentally ill in Britain and Ireland underwent radical change. No longer manacled, chained and treated like wild animals, patient care was defined in law and medical understanding, and treatment of insanity developed. Focusing on selected cases, this new study enables the reader to understand how progressively advancing attitudes and expectations affected decisions, leading to better legislation and medical practice throughout the century. Specific mental health conditions are discussed in detail and the treatments patients received are analysed in an expert way. A clear view of why institutional asylums were established, their ethos for the treatment of patients, and how they were run as palaces rather than prisons giving moral therapy to those affected becomes apparent. The changing ways in which patients were treated, and altered societal views to the incarceration of the mentally ill, are explored. The book is thoroughly illustrated and contains images of patients and asylum staff never previously published, as well as first-hand accounts of life in a nineteenth-century asylum from a patients perspective. Written for genealogists as well as historians, this book contains clear information concerning access to asylum records and other relevant primary sources and how to interpret their contents in a meaningful way.

Lunatics Imbeciles and Idiots

Lunatics  Imbeciles and Idiots Author Kathryn Burtinshaw
ISBN-10 9781473879065
Year 2017-04-30
Pages 248
Language en
Publisher
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In the first half of the nineteenth century, treatment of the mentally ill in Britain and Ireland underwent radical change. No longer manacled, chained and treated like wild animals, patient care was defined in law and medical understanding, and treatment of insanity developed. Focusing on selected cases, this new study enables the reader to understand how progressively advancing attitudes and expectations affected decisions, leading to better legislation and medical practice throughout the century. Specific mental health conditions are discussed in detail and the treatments patients received are analysed in an expert way. A clear view of why institutional asylums were established, their ethos for the treatment of patients, and how they were run as palaces rather than prisons giving moral therapy to those affected becomes apparent. The changing ways in which patients were treated, and altered societal views to the incarceration of the mentally ill, are explored. The book is thoroughly illustrated and contains images of patients and asylum staff never previously published, as well as first-hand accounts of life in a nineteenth-century asylum from a patients perspective. Written for genealogists as well as historians, this book contains clear information concerning access to asylum records and other relevant primary sources and how to interpret their contents in a meaningful way.

Gathering of Imbeciles

Gathering of Imbeciles Author Paul E Kmiotek
ISBN-10 9781304981639
Year 2014-03-26
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Lulu.com
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Gathering of Imbeciles is an irreverent look at zookeeping through the eyes of Donald, a keeper at the fictitious Corona Park Zoo. The eighteen short stories that chronicle his adventures - chock-full of feces, urine, and pus - would likely not be picked up by Disney-Pixar for an uplifting, animal-related Summer release. Donald may well be the next comic anti-hero for disgruntled workers everywhere.

Gathering of Imbeciles Book Three

Gathering of Imbeciles  Book Three Author Paul E Kmiotek
ISBN-10 9781300194910
Year 2012-09-19
Pages
Language en
Publisher Lulu Press, Inc
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The third and final book in the epic Gathering of Imbeciles trilogy finds Donald cleaning up after his boss, sitting in the lounge, and looking for another job. And, of course, scowling. Book Three continues to chronicle the rise and fall of the fictitious Corona Park Zoo with four short stories and three appendices.

Gathering of Imbeciles Book Two

Gathering of Imbeciles  Book Two Author Paul E Kmiotek
ISBN-10 9781300194804
Year 2012-09-19
Pages
Language en
Publisher Lulu Press, Inc
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Donald, the comic anti-hero of Gathering of Imbeciles: Book One, continues his adventures at the fictitious Corona Park Zoo. He scowls and grumbles his way through alligator training, a trip to Georgia to pick up some farm animals, and a botched bison procedure. If you enjoyed Book One, the five short stories comprising Book Two are sure to entertain.

The Criminal Imbecile

The Criminal Imbecile Author Henry H. Goddard
ISBN-10 9781776531318
Year 2014-02-01
Pages 109
Language en
Publisher The Floating Press
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Although the title isn't exactly politically correct in this day and age, Henry Goddard's in-depth study of low-intelligence and developmentally disabled murderers certainly stands up to the test of time. In three detailed case studies, Goddard classifies the characteristics of different types of developmentally disabled criminals and posits theories about how these types of mental impairments can lead to criminal behavior in some situations.