In this case study of Buck v. Bell, Professor Alison Dundes Renteln discusses the problems that occur when legal decisions are based on bad science. Based on unquestioning support for the eugenics movement, in 1927 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an order to forcibly sterilize “feebleminded” people. Despite research that has cast doubt on this judgment of Carrie Buck’s intelligence, the court ruling has never been overturned.
Buck v. Bell: A Sad Story of Injustice
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Renteln, A. D. (Academic). (2016). Buck v. bell: a sad story of injustice [Video]. SAGE Knowledge. https://www.doi.org/10.4135/9781473980433
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Renteln, A. D., 2016. Buck v. Bell: A Sad Story of Injustice, SAGE Video. [Streaming Video] London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Available at: <http://www.doi.org/10.4135/9781473980433> [Accessed 22 Oct 2021].
Renteln, Alison D. Buck v. Bell: A Sad Story of Injustice. Online video clip. SAGE Video. London: SAGE Publications, Ltd., 25 Jun 2016. doi: https://www.doi.org/10.4135/9781473980433. 22 Oct 2021.copy to clipboardorEndnote
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