The Sterilization of Carrie Buck
Was She Feebleminded or Society's Pawn?
by J. David Smith and K. Ray Nelson
Though she had normal intelligence, Carrie Buck was labeled "feebleminded" because she was young, poor, female and powerless. Her child was taken away and she was sterilized. Her landmark Supreme Court case, which led to the sterilization of 50,000 Americans and was cited as the precedent for the Nazi race hygiene program, is still making headlines today.
— Washington Times
debunks basis of forced surgery."
— Richmond Times Dispatch
J. David Smith, EdD, Professor of Education and Human Development at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the author of Minds Made Feeble, The Other Voices: Profiles of Women in the History of Special Education, and Bound But Free, as well as numerous articles in professional and academic journals.
K. Ray Nelson, PhD, is the Superintendent of the Enid State Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma. He was formerly the Director of the Lynchburg Training Center and Hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia (the hospital at which Carrie was sterilized).
A New Horizon Press Release
6 x 9, 268 pages
LC# 89-61444, world rights
ISBN: 0-88282-192-X (pb), $17.00