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Vivian Dobbs

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Carrie's daughter, Vivian Dobbs, was found to be feebleminded at the age of about seven months. Arthur Estabrook testified at trial that she was feebleminded, and said that he had given her the usual test for a baby of about six months old, but that in fact she had failed. The test, this picture seems to suggest, was to hold a coin in front of the baby's eyes. She didn't focus, and therefore she was declared like her mother, feebleminded. (DNAi location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Players)
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daughter vivian,carrie buck,dnai,estabrook,dobbs,eugenics,sterilization,seven months,six months,arthur
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15838. Vivian Dobbs
Carrie Buck's daughter Vivian was found to be feebleminded at the age of about seven months.
15224. Carrie Buck's daughter Vivian, Paul Lombardo narrtator
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15756. Virginia Venable School grade book cover
Vivian Dobb's (Carrie Buck's daughter) first grade record book, 1930-31.
15218. The first witness at Buck vs. Bell trial, Paul Lombardo
Paul Lombardo talks about Arthur Estabrook, a psychologist for the Eugenics Record office, testified that Carrie, her daughter Vivian, and her mother Emma were all feeblminded.
15220. The Buck vs. Bell decision, Paul Lombardo
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15778. Buck family pedigree, still image with audio
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11255. Vivian Buck and foster mother Alice Dobbs in Charlottesville, taken by A.H. Estabrook the day before the Buck v. Bell trial in Virginia
Vivian Buck and foster mother Alice Dobbs in Charlottesville, taken by A.H. Estabrook the day before the Buck v. Bell trial in Virginia
15240. A third generation of imbeciles?, Paul Lombardo
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15833. Arthur Estabrook, still image with audio
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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.
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