The Eugenic Assault on America: Scenes in Red, White, and Black
"We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange, indeed, if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State, for these lesser sacrifices, in order to prevent our being swamped by incompetence. 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 their propagation by medical means in the first place. Three generations of imbeciles are enough". This opinion upheld the involuntary sterilization law in the State of Virginia, and was written and delivered by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. In reality, the Virginia statute was one among many. Since 1907, twenty-nine states passed laws mandating sterilization, racial registration, and restricting miscegenation. Some were still on the books as recently as a decade ago. In this extraordinary book, J. David Smith chronicles the events leading to the enactment of this body of laws, as well as their execution over the years. It is a chilling account of myriad personal tragedies. The issue of eugenics as potential genocide is even today not dead. Proposals for compulsory sterilization through the use of Norplant is evidence of that. This is an important book, and should be on top of the reading list for every person concerned with civil liberties and the Bill of Rights.
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