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Arthur Estabrook, still image with audio

Arthur Estabrook was perhaps the most successful of all the field workers trained at the Eugenics Record Office. Estabrook did a study of the Nam family, a study of the Jukes family in 1915, and was called away from fieldwork in Kentucky, to testify in person at the case of Buck vs. Bell. He examined Carrie Buck, her mother and her daughter, declaring them morally delinquent, socially inadequate, and feebleminded. (DNAi location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Players)
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15218. The first witness at Buck vs. Bell trial, Paul Lombardo
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15229. Wrongs of Buck vs. Bell, Paul Lombardo
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15729. John Bell and Carrie Buck
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15830. Carrie Buck's wedding photograph, still image with audio by Paul Lombardo
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15540. Carrie Buck and Emma Buck
Carrie and Emma Buck on the day before the Buck vs. Bell trial in 1924.
15205. The day before Buck vs. Bell, Paul Lombardo
The day before the Virginia case, Arthur Estabrook photographed Carrie and Emma on a bench located at this spot in the Virginia Colony.
15838. Vivian Dobbs
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15724. Nam family members, photo by Arthur Estabrook,1912
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15837. Vivian Dobbs
Carrie's daughter, Vivian Dobbs, was found to be feebleminded.
15778. Buck family pedigree, still image with audio
Following the trial of Buck vs. Bell, a pedigree chart was created displaying the evidence that had been presented to the court.
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