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Wrongs of Buck vs. Bell, Paul Lombardo

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Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Buck vs. Bell was based on the myth that genetically flawed families could be identified and eliminated. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Epilogue > The Kallikak myth)
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The evidence at the Buck trial attempted to portray Carrie's family as a flawed family, a defective group. People like the Kallikaks and the Jukes, who ended up costing taxpayer dollars. In fact, not only Carrie's case, but those cases that preceded her, were built on a mythology that you could identify hereditary defect, eliminate it, and thereby improve society.
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carrie buck,hereditary defects,dnai,jukes,interviewee,lombardo,taxpayer dollars,epilogue,kallikaks,myth,mythology
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