Imbeciles

Imbeciles

Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction One of America’s great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court’s infamous 1927 Buck v.

Author: Adam Cohen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101980835

Category: History

Page: 416

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Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction One of America’s great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court’s infamous 1927 Buck v. Bell ruling made government sterilization of “undesirable” citizens the law of the land In 1927, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling so disturbing, ignorant, and cruel that it stands as one of the great injustices in American history. In Imbeciles, bestselling author Adam Cohen exposes the court’s decision to allow the sterilization of a young woman it wrongly thought to be “feebleminded” and to champion the mass eugenic sterilization of undesirable citizens for the greater good of the country. The 8–1 ruling was signed by some of the most revered figures in American law—including Chief Justice William Howard Taft, a former U.S. president; and Louis Brandeis, a progressive icon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, considered by many the greatest Supreme Court justice in history, wrote the majority opinion, including the court’s famous declaration “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.” Imbeciles is the shocking story of Buck v. Bell, a legal case that challenges our faith in American justice. A gripping courtroom drama, it pits a helpless young woman against powerful scientists, lawyers, and judges who believed that eugenic measures were necessary to save the nation from being “swamped with incompetence.” At the center was Carrie Buck, who was born into a poor family in Charlottesville, Virginia, and taken in by a foster family, until she became pregnant out of wedlock. She was then declared “feebleminded” and shipped off to the Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded. Buck v. Bell unfolded against the backdrop of a nation in the thrall of eugenics, which many Americans thought would uplift the human race. Congress embraced this fervor, enacting the first laws designed to prevent immigration by Italians, Jews, and other groups charged with being genetically inferior. Cohen shows how Buck arrived at the colony at just the wrong time, when influential scientists and politicians were looking for a “test case” to determine whether Virginia’s new eugenic sterilization law could withstand a legal challenge. A cabal of powerful men lined up against her, and no one stood up for her—not even her lawyer, who, it is now clear, was in collusion with the men who wanted her sterilized. In the end, Buck’s case was heard by the Supreme Court, the institution established by the founders to ensure that justice would prevail. The court could have seen through the false claim that Buck was a threat to the gene pool, or it could have found that forced sterilization was a violation of her rights. Instead, Holmes, a scion of several prominent Boston Brahmin families, who was raised to believe in the superiority of his own bloodlines, wrote a vicious, haunting decision upholding Buck’s sterilization and imploring the nation to sterilize many more. Holmes got his wish, and before the madness ended some sixty to seventy thousand Americans were sterilized. Cohen overturns cherished myths and demolishes lauded figures in relentless pursuit of the truth. With the intellectual force of a legal brief and the passion of a front-page exposé, Imbeciles is an ardent indictment of our champions of justice and our optimistic faith in progress, as well as a triumph of American legal and social history.
Categories: History

The Perfect Store

The Perfect Store

He never guessed his old-computer parts and Beanie Baby exchange would revolutionize the world of commerce. Now, Adam Cohen, the only journalist ever to get full access to the company, tells the remarkable story of eBay's rise.

Author: Adam Cohen

Publisher: Hachette+ORM

ISBN: 9780316054645

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 245

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When Pierre Omidyar launched a clunky website from a spare bedroom over Labor Day weekend of 1995, he wanted to see if he could use the Internet to create a perfect market. He never guessed his old-computer-parts and Beanie Baby exchange would revolutionize the world of commerce. Now, Adam Cohen, the only journalist ever to get full access to the company, tells the remarkable story of eBay's rise. He describes how eBay built the most passionate community ever to form in cyberspace and forged a business that triumphed over larger, better-funded rivals. And he explores the ever-widening array of enlistees in the eBay revolution, from a stay-at-home mom who had to rent a warehouse for her thriving business selling bubble-wrap on eBay to the young MBA who started eBay Motors (which within months of its launch was on track to sell $1 billion in cars a year), to collectors nervously bidding thousands of dollars on antique clothing-irons. Adam Cohen's fascinating look inside eBay is essential reading for anyone trying to figure out what's next. If you want to truly understand the Internet economy, "The Perfect Store" is indispensable.
Categories: Business & Economics

Summary of Supreme Inequality

Summary of Supreme Inequality

These questions can be used to create hours of conversation: -Foster a deeper understand of the book -Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups -Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately -Explore unseen realms ...

Author: Booknation

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798695068405

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Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam Cohen: Conversation Starters From the author of 'Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck' and 'Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America, ' comes another masterpiece titled 'Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America' that is bound to ruffle feathers among the wealthy and the elite Americans.The author, Adam Cohen, painstakingly details how the judicial system that was supposed to safeguard the interests of the poor and the underprivileged, has been doing the exact opposite for nearly fifty years. He explains the various cases that have shaped the U.S. judicial system that has sidetracked it from its righteous path. A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to create hours of conversation: -Foster a deeper understand of the book -Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups -Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately -Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer This book is an independent resource to supplement the original book and is notaffiliated nor endorse by the original work in any way. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the originalbook, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters. Download your copy now on sale Read it on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android smartphone, tablet devices.
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Three Generations No Imbeciles

Three Generations  No Imbeciles

. . As Lombardo conclusively demonstrates, those who sought to have Buck sterilized did not let the facts get in the way of the story the law required them to tell."—Commonweal "Heart-breaking and riveting . . .

Author: Paul A. Lombardo

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801890109

Category: History

Page: 365

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Looks at the case Buck v. Bell, covering the events of the trial and the 1927 Supreme Court case which upheld Virginia's compulsory sterilization of "feebleminded" individuals.
Categories: History

Nothing to Fear

Nothing to Fear

An account of the first one hundred days of FDR's presidency traces the transformation that took place throughout the federal government in the wake of unprecedented bank failures, unemployment, and poverty levels.

Author: Adam Cohen

Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks

ISBN: 0143116657

Category: History

Page: 372

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An account of the first one hundred days of FDR's presidency traces the transformation that took place throughout the federal government in the wake of unprecedented bank failures, unemployment, and poverty levels.
Categories: History

The Perfect Store

The Perfect Store

Adam Cohen, the only journalist to get full access to eBay, tells the remarkable story of its rise and how it formed one of the most passionate communities in cyberspace.

Author: Adam Seth Cohen

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

ISBN: 0316150487

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 332

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Adam Cohen, the only journalist to get full access to eBay, tells the remarkable story of its rise and how it formed one of the most passionate communities in cyberspace.
Categories: Business & Economics

American Pharaoh

American Pharaoh

This is a biography of mayor Richard J. Daley. It is the story of his rise from the working-class Irish neighbourhood of his childhood to his role as one of the most important figures in 20th century American politics.

Author: Adam Cohen

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316834033

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 624

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This is a biography of mayor Richard J. Daley. It is the story of his rise from the working-class Irish neighbourhood of his childhood to his role as one of the most important figures in 20th century American politics.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Why Fish Don t Exist

Why Fish Don t Exist

137 likely running a coin : Paul Lombardo , “ Facing Carrie Buck , ” Hastings Center Report 33 , no . ... Imbeciles : The Supreme Court , American Eugenics , and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck ( New York : Penguin Press , 2016 ) ...

Author: Lulu Miller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501160349

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Nineteenth-century scientist David Starr Jordan built one of the most important fish specimen collections ever seen, until the 1906 San Francisco earthquake shattered his life's work.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Mocking Eugenics

Mocking Eugenics

12 Adam Cohen, Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck (New York: Penguin Press, 2016), 103. 13 Detailed discussions of the Buck vs. Bell case can be found in Paul A. Lombardo, ...

Author: Ewa Barbara Luczak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000416244

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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Mocking Eugenics explores the opposition to eugenic discourse mounted by twentieth-century American artists seeking to challenge and destabilize what they viewed as a dangerous body of thought. Focusing on their wielding of humor to attack the contemporaneous science of heredity and the totalitarian impulse informing it, this book confronts the conflict between eugenic theories presented as grounded in scientific and metaphysical truth and the satirical treatment of eugenics as not only absurdly illogical but also antithetical to democratic ideals and inimical to humanistic values. Through analyses of the films of Charlie Chaplin and the fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Anita Loos, and Wallace Thurman, Mocking Eugenics examines their use of laughter to dismantle the rhetoric of perfectionism, white supremacy, and nativism that shaped mainstream expressions of American patriotism and normative white masculinity. As such, it will appeal to scholars of cultural studies, literature, cinema, sociology, humor, and American studies.
Categories: Social Science

Eugenics

Eugenics

Bell (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), Adam Cohen, Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck (New York: Penguin Press, 2016); and Victoria F. Nourse, In Reckless Hands: ...

Author: Philippa Levine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199385904

Category: Eugenics

Page: 167

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A concise and gripping account of eugenics from its origins in the twentieth century and beyond.
Categories: Eugenics