From the book
jacket: In Better for All the
World, Harry Bruinius charts the
little-known history of eugenics in
Americaa movement that began in the
early twentieth century and resulted in
the forced sterilization of more than
65,000 Americans right up into the
Comment: In 1927 the Supreme Court upheld Virginia's right to forcibly sterilize "feeble-minded individuals" in Buck v. Bell. Speaking for the majority, Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes made the following statement: "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly...
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