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John Bell and Carrie Buck

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The 17 year-old protagonist of the Buck vs. Bell case, Carrie Buck, was pitted against an array of doctors, lawyers, and eugenicists who were intent on sterilizing her, including John Bell, the superintendent of the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. (DNAi location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck)
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carrie buck,dnai,eugenicists,john bell,virginia colony,epileptics,eugenics,sterilization,protagonist,superintendent,array,lawyers,doctors
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15830. Carrie Buck's wedding photograph, still image with audio by Paul Lombardo
Carrie Buck sent this photo, taken on her wedding day in 1933, to Dr. Bell, still at the colony.
15217. How Buck vs. Bell began, Paul Lombardo
Paul Lombardo talks about Amherst County Courthouse was the first step of a legal case that would lead all the way to the Supreme Court.
15219. Harry Laughlin at Buck vs. Bell, Paul Lombardo
Paul Lombardo talks about Harry Laughlin, superintendent of the Eugenics Record Office, provided a written deposition based on language given to him by doctors at the Virginia Colony.
15836. Aubrey Strode, still image with audio
Aubrey Strode was the lawyer who wrote the Virginia statute that became the sterilization law.
12180. Dr. Albert Priddy, the first superintendent of the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded, who brought the case against Carrie Buck
Dr. Albert Priddy, the first superintendent of the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded, who brought the case against Carrie Buck
15839. Virginia Sterilization Act
Virginia Sterilization Act. Source: Paul Lombardo, University of Virginia.
15232. Science and Democracy : Lessons from Buck vs. Bell, Paul Lombardo
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10255. Buck vs. Bell Supreme Court Decision
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11254. Carrie and Emma Buck at the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, taken by A.H. Estabrook the day before the Buck v. Bell trial in Virginia
Carrie and Emma Buck at the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, taken by A.H. Estabrook the day before the Buck v. Bell trial in Virginia
15212. 1927 Buck vs. Bell trial, Paul Lombardo
Paul Lombardo talks about Carrie's sterilization in context. Carrie's one-hour sterilization took place in 1927, the same year that Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs and Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic.
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