** Imbeciles by Adam Cohen

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck tells the story of a court case from the early 20th century that resulted in the forced sterilization of a woman who was likely raped by her employer and was certainly no imbecile, but rather poor, friendless, and, shockingly for the time, pregnant while unmarried. The book is mostly a procedural narrative of the legal proceedings, so I found it a little dull. Still, the discussions of the craze for eugenics in the US at that time (see Fatal Misconceptions) and the frightening power of the Supreme Court, based as it often is on personal biases of the justices, held my interest.

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